Modeling Volume Relaxation of Amorphous Polymers: Modification of the Equation for the Relaxation Time in the KAHR Model

Luigi Grassia, Sindee Simon

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Abstract

An expression for the relaxation time, tau, which applies both in the liquid and in the glassy state, is proposed and coupled with the kinetic equation for the volume relaxation of the KAHR (Kovacs, Aklonis, Hutchinson, and Ramos) phenomenological theory. The expression for tau reproduces the WLF (Williams, Landel, and Ferry) behavior above the glass transition temperature, contains the thermodynamic scaling proposed by Casalini and Roland, gives finite values of the equilibrium relaxation time for any value of temperature and pressure, and is assembled in way that the relationship between the logarithmic relaxation time and the internal order parameter is strongly non-linear even when the system is very close to the equilibrium. The resulting model contains ten parameters, and five of these are treated as fitting parameters. With one set of model parameters, the model is able to describe quantitatively the isobaric specific volume response on cooling at various rates and as a functio
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3613 - 3620
JournalPolymer
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 19 2012

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