Effect of cross-linker length on the thermal and volumetric properties of cross-linked epoxy networks: A molecular simulation study

Nipun Soni, Po-Han Lin, Rajesh Khare

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Abstract

Volumetric and thermal properties of cross-linked epoxy systems consisting of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) and poly(oxypropylene) (POP) diamines of four different lengths ranging from 3 to 68 units were investigated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The cross-linked structures were built by using the simulated annealing polymerization approach. The density, coefficients of volume thermal expansion and glass transition temperature (Tg) of each of the four cross-linked epoxy systems were obtained from their volume-temperature behavior. The densities obtained in the simulations agreed well with the experimental values, whereas the coefficients of volume thermal expansion were at least 30 % lower than their corresponding experimental results. The predicted Tg values were higher than the experimental values due to the considerably faster cooling rates that are used in the simulations. It was observed that an increase in the chain length of the cross-linker POP-diamines led
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1019
JournalPolymer
StatePublished - 2012

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