Signatures of Structural Recovery in Polystyrene by Nanocalorimetry

Evelyn Lopez, Sindee L. Simon

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The intrinsic isotherm, asymmetry of approach, and memory effect experiments are performed for a high fictive temperature polystyrene glass in enthalpy space using nanocalorimetry. Using aging at times as short as 0.01 s and relatively high aging temperatures allows the complete evolution of all three of the signatures of structural recovery to be obtained for the first time in enthalpy space. The results from down jump experiments are compared to those obtained at lower temperatures using conventional differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) with respect to the time required to reach equilibrium, the apparent activation energy, and the Tool-Narayanaswamy-Moynihan (TNM) model parameters, and these results are independent of the measurement method being used; on the other hand, the physical aging rate is higher for the high fictive temperature glass.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2365-2374
Number of pages10
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 22 2016


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