Mechanical behavior of gradient polymers

G. C. Martin, E. Enssani, M. Shen

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Gradient polymers are multicomponent networks which contain a spatial gradient in the concentration of the components in the blend. In this study, the properties of a system of gradient polymers consisting of a rubbery addition to a glassy matrix [poly(methyl methacrylate)] and a glassy addition to a rubbery matrix [poly(2‐chloroethyl acrylate)] were investigated. Dynamic mechanical spectroscopy was used to characterize the compatibility of the polymers. The PMMA matrix gradients were found to be incompatible, while the PCIEA matrix gradients and the interpenetrating network exhibited compatibility. The tensile properties and the fracture strength of the polymers were measured and interpreted in terms of the composition and the deformation mechanism of the materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1465-1473
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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