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Polymer blends based on an epoxy-amine thermoset and a thermoplastic

Effect of thermoplastic on cure reaction and thermal stability of the system

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: J. López, M. Rico, B. Montero, J. Díez, and Carmen Ramírez

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The effect of thermoplastic modification of an epoxy-amine system on the cure reaction, miscibility and thermal stability of the system was investigated. The cure kinetics showed an autocatalytic behavior. Modifier did not affect either the total reaction heat or the achieved maximum conversion but delayed the kinetics. The model of Horie-Kamal corrected by diffusion factor was used to adjust kinetics in the whole range of conversions. The modified systems showed two glass transitions indicating two separated phases, whose compositions were estimated using the Fox and Couchman equations. Modifier did not affect the thermal and thermooxidative stability of the system.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: C. Ramírez, M. Rico, J. M. L. Vilariño, L. Barral, M. Ladra, and B. Montero

Summary Cubic silsesquioxanes offer access to organic/inorganic hybrids. A system formed by a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) with eight epoxy reactive groups per molecule, octaepoxycyclohexyldimethylsilyl-POSS, cured with an aliphatic diamine (bisaniline) was studied in different ratios. The characterization of the POSS was carried out by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TG). The distribution of species in the reaction of the mixtures POSS/diamine was followed by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The degradation was studied by thermogravimetric analysis.

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The thermal behaviour of an epoxy resin cured with an amine-POSS was studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric (TG) analysis. The kinetic of polymerization reaction and the thermal degradation have been analyzed based on an iso-conversional model. The obtained results showed that the activation energies of both processes depend on the degree of conversion.

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