Viscoelastic shear response and network structure in polycyanurates

Qingxiu Li, Sindee L. Simon

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The shear response of polycyanurate networks with different cross-link densities, varied by changing the ratio of difunctional to monofunctional cyanate ester, is measured from shear stress relaxation and dynamic experiments. Master curves are constructed following the time-temperature superposition principle, and the temperature dependence of the shift factors is examined. The discrete relaxation time spectra are calculated from the viscoelastic responses and are found to be independent of cross-link density over the time/frequency range measured. The cross-link density, determined from the rubbery modulus, and the sol content, measured from sol extraction experiments, are modeled for the fully cured polycyanurate networks using the recursive method; a monomer cyclization reaction is assumed in the modeling based upon the chemical composition of the sol which was determined by mass spectroscopy. The effect of monomer cyclization on the conversion at gelation of dicyanate esters is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2246-2256
Number of pages11
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 20 2007


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