The purpose of this study was to conduct a thermal analysis of the hydrolysis and degradation behavior of biodegradable polymers
and bio-composites at 50°C and 90% relative humidity (RH). With increasing hydrolysis time, the thermal stability and degradation
temperature of polybutylene succinate (PBS) slightly decreased. The glass transition temperature (Tg) and melting temperature (Tm) of PBS and the anti-hydrolysis agent treated PBS did not vary significantly with increasing hydrolysis time, whereas those
of the trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA)-treated PBS slightly increased. With increasing hydrolysis time, the storage
modulus (E’) values of the bio-composites decreased, whereas those of the TMPTA treated bio-composites slightly increased. Also, the
tan values of the anti-hydrolysis agent and TMPTA treated PBS-BF bio-composites were slightly lower than those of the non-treated
bio-composites, due to the reduction in their degree of hydrolysis. The tanδmax peak temperature (Tg) of the anti-hydrolysis agent treated bio-composites was not significantly changed, whereas that of the TMPTA treated bio-composites
Thermo-oxidative and thermo-mechanical stabilities of radiation-cured acrylates and epoxides were examined by TG, DMA and DSC.The polymeric trifunctional acrylates PETIA, TMPTA and THEIC displayed the highest temperatures of onset of degradation. The high crosslinking density of the films resulted in an almost temperature-independent complex E-modulus, as measured by DMA. With increasing degree of ethoxylation or propoxylation of the monomers, decreases in thermal stability and strength were found. For difunctional polymeric acrylates and epoxides, the glass transition temperature was measured.The average degree of curing of UV-cured epoxy films can be determined from the temperature of the maximum in the loss modulus (Emax.
. Trimethylolpropanetriacrylate (TMPTA) was obtained from Cognis, France and 1,6-hexanediol diacrylate (HDDA) was obtained from ABCR.
Photo-DSC experiments were taken on a TA DSC 100 instrument and a TA Q PCA photo unit