Temperature dependent viscoelastic properties of polymers investigated by small-scale dynamic mechanical analysis

Y. C. Lu, D. M. Shinozaki

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Abstract

The temperature-dependent viscoelastic properties of polymers were investigated by small-scale dynamic mechanical analysis in the range of -100°C to 200°C. The polymers tested included glassy polymer (atactic polystyrene), semicrystalline polymer (high-density polyethylene) and rubbery polymer (polyisobutylene). The small-scale dynamic mechanical analyses were performed by using a flat-tip indenter with an oscillating displacement of amplitude 36 nm. The force amplitude and phase angle were measured, from which the storage modulus E′ and loss tangent tanδ were calculated. The results obtained from indentation experiments are consistent with those obtained from conventional dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA). It is thus demonstrated that the indentation technique can quantitatively measure the temperature-dependent viscoelastic properties of polymers at small dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-77
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental Mechanics
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Complex modulus
  • Dynamic mechanical analysis
  • Indentation
  • Polymer
  • Viscoelasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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