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Towards the rational design of polymers using molecular simulation: Predicting the effect of cure schedule on thermo-mechanical properties for a cycloaliphatic amine-cured epoxy resin

Hamerton, Ian, Tang, Winnie, Anguita, Jose and Silva, S (2013) Towards the rational design of polymers using molecular simulation: Predicting the effect of cure schedule on thermo-mechanical properties for a cycloaliphatic amine-cured epoxy resin REACTIVE & FUNCTIONAL POLYMERS, 74. pp. 1-15.

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Abstract

We report prediction of selected physical properties (e.g. glass transition temperature, moduli and thermal degradation temperature) using molecular dynamics simulations for a difunctional epoxy monomer (the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A) when cured with p-3,30 -dimethylcyclohexylamine to form a dielectric polymer suitable for microelectronic applications. Plots of density versus temperature show decreases in density within the same temperature range as experimental values for the thermal degradation and other thermal events determined using e.g. dynamic mechanical thermal analysis. Empirical characterisation data for a commercial example of the same polymer are presented to validate the network constructed. Extremely close agreement with empirical data is obtained: the simulated value for the glass transition temperature for the 60 C cured epoxy resin (simulated conversion a = 0.70; experimentally determined a = 0.67 using Raman spectroscopy) is ca. 70–85 C, in line with the experimental temperature range of 60–105 C (peak maximum 85 C). The simulation is also able to mimic the change in processing temperature: the simulated value for the glass transition temperature for the 130 C cured epoxy resin (simulated a = 0.81; experimentally determined a = 0.73 using Raman and a = 0.85 using DSC) is ca. 105–130 C, in line with the experimental temperature range of 110–155 C (peak maximum 128 C). This offers the possibility of optimising the processing parameters in silico to achieve the best final properties, reducing labour- and material-intensive empirical testing.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Hamerton, IanI.Hamerton@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Tang, Winniewinnie.tang@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Anguita, JoseJ.Anguita@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Silva, SS.Silva@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 24 October 2013
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.reactfunctpolym.2013.10.005
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2013. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Technology, Chemistry, Applied, Engineering, Chemical, Polymer Science, Chemistry, Engineering, CHEMISTRY, APPLIED, ENGINEERING, CHEMICAL, POLYMER SCIENCE, Epoxy resins, Molecular simulation, Thermal analysis, Property prediction, DIFFERENTIAL SCANNING CALORIMETRY, TREATED CARBON-FIBER, MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES, DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS, FORCE-FIELD, FT-IR, NETWORKS, SURFACE, DEGRADATION, KINETICS
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Aug 2017 13:21
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 16:34
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805053

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