Thermal, Oxidative and Photostability
Thermal methods of analysis predominate in the measurement of this characteristic of polymers. Thermal methods of analysis of polymers are important in that these techniques can provide information about the thermal and oxidative stability of polymers, their lifetime or shelf-life under particular conditions, phases and phase changes occurring in polymers, and information on the effect of incorporating additives in polymers. As will be seen in Chapters 12 and 13, these methods have also been applied to the measurement amongst others of melting points, percent crystallinity, crystallization temperature, glass transition temperature, melting temperature, cure rate, degree of cure, composition, thermal stability, expansion coefficient, and softening temperature.
KeywordsCombustion Polyethylene Epoxy Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy Thermolysis
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