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Title: Effects of Molecular Weight Reduction on Brittle–Ductile Transition and Elastic Yielding Due to Noninvasive γ Irradiation on Polymer Glasses

By exposing specimens to the irradiation, we show that polymer glasses including bisphenol A polycarbonate (PC) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) turn from ductBy causing chain scission with the irradiation, we examine the origin of mechanical stress produced from cold drawing of four ductile polymer glasses (PC, PMMA, polystyrene, and poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide)). We elucidate the origin of the residual stress embedded in the glassy state from the cold-drawing of these polymer glasses into the strain hardening regime by investigating the elastic yielding behavior of these colddrawn specimens. In contrast to the emergent retractive stress observed during annealing of the cold-drawn specimens above their storage temperature but still well below their glass transition temperatures, we find significantly lower retractive stress level and longer induction time for the retractive stress to show up when these specimens undergo sufficient dosage of the irradiation whose effect on the molecular weight and its distribution has been measured with gel permeation chromatography.
Authors:
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  1. Univ. of Akron, OH (United States). Dept. of Polymer Science
  2. China Univ. of Petroleum, Beijing (China). Inst. of New Energy Beijing Key Lab. of Biogas Upgrading Utilization
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Chemical Sciences Division
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Macromolecules
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 50; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 0024-9297
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE
OSTI Identifier:
1354669