Authors:C. Saw, G. Collins, J. Menczel, and M. Jaffe
The molecular reorganization occurring in liquid crystalline polymer fiber during heat treatment is of great interest for
many commercial reasons. Using thermal analysis techniques, WAXS and real time temperature dependent synchrotron SAXS, the
structure and morphology of commercial LCP (liquid crystalline polymer), Vectran®, HBA/HNA (p-hydroxybenzoic acid/6-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid), and its variant polymer fiber COTBP, HBA/HNA/BP/TA (BP-benzophenone, TA-terephthalic
acid), have been examined. Both fibers have the typical liquid crystalline polymer structure, i.e., highly aligned with aperiodic
sequencing along the fiber axis. There is a three-fold increase in strength in both fibers with heat treatment; however, the
modulus is observed to increase significantly in COTBP but not in Vectran®.
This paper reports on the changes and the differences on the structural and morphological behavior for both the as-spun and
heat-treated LCP fibers. We propose an ‘oriented entanglement’ model to describe the differences between the two polymer fibers.
Liquid crystalline polymer/polyamide 66 (LCP/PA66) and LCP/poly(butyl terephthalate) (LCP/PBT) blends were compounded using
a Brabender Plasticorder equipped with a mixing chamber. The LCP employed was a semi-flexible liquid crystalline copolyesteramide
based on 30 mol% of p-amino benzoic acid (ABA) and 70 mol% of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET). The Flory-Huggins interaction parameters (χ12)
of the LCP/ PA66 and LCP/PBT blends are estimated by melting point depression from DSC measurement. The results indicate that
c12 values all are negative for LCP/PA66 and LCP/PBT blends, and when the LCP content in these blends is more than 10 mass%,
the absolute value of χ12 decreases. Thereby, we can conclude that LCP/PA66 and LCP/PBT blends are fully miscible in the molten state, the molecular
interaction between the LCP and PA66 is stronger than that between LCP and PBT. As the LCP content in LCP/PA66 and LCP/PBT
blends is more than 10 mass%, the molecular interaction between LCP and matrix polymer decreases.
The relaxation of electric field-induced polar orientation in a side-chain-bearing liquid-crystalline polysiloxane was measured
by means of thermally stimulated depolarization currents. Different relaxation mechanisms were identified and characterized:
the glass transition cooperative relaxation exhibits compensation behaviour. On the other hand, lowerTg and upperTg discharges were observed and their molecular nature is discussed.
combination of properties. Over the past several decades, blending of liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) with commodity polymers resulting in the so-called in situ microfibrillar-reinforced composite [ 1 , 2 ] has been known to exhibit excellent mechanical
Vinylated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS-M) was prepared by the reaction of POSS containing amine groups with
acrylic acid. Azobenzene liquid crystalline copolymer (LCP-POSS) was then synthesized with 6.0 mol% POSS-M and 94.0 mol% acrylate
monomer containing azobenzene liquid crystalline moiety (Azo-M) by free-radical copolymerization. Homopolymer of Azo-M (LCP)
was also synthesized under the same conditions. Their thermal properties and liquid crystallinity were characterized by Thermal
gravimetric analysis (TG), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Wide-angle X-ray diffraction experiments (XRD) and polarized
optical micrographs (POM). The results showed that LCP-POSS has higher thermal stability and glass transition temperature
than pure LCP due to the incorporation of the rigid cage-like POSS. Especially, LCP-POSS exhibits enantiotropic smectic and
nematic liquid crystalline behaviors, its smectic-nematic transition temperature (TSN) and nematic-isotropic transition temperature (TNI) are higher than those of pure LCP, which may promote and extend its applications on stimuli-responsive materials and devices.
A calorimetric study of blends of poly(ethylene terephthalate-co-p-oxybenzoate), PET/PHB, with poly(butylene terephthalate),
PBT has been carried out in the form of as-spun and drawn fibres. DSC melting and crystallization results show that PBT is
compatible with LCP and the crystallization of PBT decreases by the addition of LCP in the matrix. The crystallization behaviour
of blend fibres is investigated as a function of temperature of crystallization. A detailed analysis of the crystallization
course has been made utilizing the Avrami expression. The isothermal calorimetric measurements provide evidence of decrease
of rate of crystallization of PBT on addition of the liquid crystalline component up to about 50% by weight. The values of
the Avrami exponents change in the temperature range from 200° to 215°C. Dimensionality changes in crystallization could be
due to LCP mesophase-transition.
Authors:Gy. Marosi, Gy. Bertalan, P. Anna, A. Tohl, R. Lágner, I. Balogh, and P. F. La Mantia
Nucleating and transcrystallization behaviour of additives in engineering PP composites and the effect of modified interfacial structure is the subject of this series of papers. The first part concentrates on polypropylene/liquid crystalline polyester blends. Increased crystallisation temperature and degree of crystallinity of polypropylene is characteristic to the blends containing different amount of LCP additive. Transcrystallization process governs the formation of crystalline structure in these systems in course of isothermal crystallisation at 132‡C. The nucleating effect of LCP gives rise to more uniform crystalline structure in the polypropylene phase.
Vectra® liquid crystalline polymers (LCP's) were introduced as commercial products in the mid-1980's. The first of these (Vectra
A130) was a wholly aromatic thermotropic copolyester ofp-hydroxybenzoic acid and 6-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid. Vectra A130 is a thermotropic LCP that can be melt spun into filaments
that on heat treatment are characterized by high strength and high modulus. Vectra resin can also be extruded into films.
In the fiber or film form this material is commercially known as Vectran®. Heat treatment enhances the tensile strength of Vectran fiber variants. Because of this, the elucidation of the physical
transformations taking place in the internal structure of the material during heating has always been an important subject.
Several thermal techniques are used to indicate clearly that what is observed as a “glass transition” is unlike the conventional
glass transition in typical semicrystalline polymers. There is also an indication of the presence of multiple states of mesophase
aggregation that collapse into a single state when taken to high enough temperatures.
Authors:Késia K. V. Castro, Ana A. D. Paulino, Edjane F. B. Silva, Thiago Chellappa, Maria B. D. L. Lago, Valter J. Fernandes Jr., and Antonio S. Araujo
pyrolysis over the above mentioned sample.
The authors wish to thank the Laboratory of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (LCP), the Laboratory of Fuels and Lubricants of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), and acknowledge