Physical aging of a polyetherimide: Creep and DSC measurements

Isabel Echeverria, Ping‐Chung ‐C Su, Sindee L. Simon, Donald J. Plazek

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Creep and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements have been used to study the physical aging behavior of a polyetherimide. Isothermal aging temperatures ranged from 160°C to Tg with aging times ranging from 10 min to 8 days. The only measurable effect of physical aging on the short‐time creep curves is a shift of the creep compliance to longer times. Andrade plots of the compliance versus the cube root of time are linear at short times with the slope β decreasing with increasing aging time to a constant value once equilibrium is reached. Log β3 is related directly to the degree to which the creep curves shift to longer times with physical aging, and is used in this work as a measure of physical aging. A reduced curve of log β3 versus log aging time is obtained for the aging temperatures investigated by appropriate vertical and horizontal shifts. The enthalpy change during aging increases linearly with the logarithm of the aging time, ta, leveling off at equilibrium at values which increase with decreasing aging temperature. Hence, both nonequilibrium and equilibrium temperature shift factors can be calculated from the DSC data. Good agreement is observed between the equilibrium temperature shift factors obtained from the creep and DSC data. The temperature dependence of the nonequilibrium temperature shift factors is found to be an order of magnitude smaller than that of the equilibrium shift factors. The time scales to reach equilibrium for enthalpy and for mechanical measurements are found to be the same within experimental error. © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2457-2468
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - Dec 1995


  • creep
  • enthalpy relaxation
  • glass
  • physical aging
  • polyetherimide


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