Y. Sha, C. Y. Hui, E. J. Kramer, S. F. Hahn, C. A. Berglund
Abstract:AbstractThe fracture toughness Gc of epoxy/high impact polystyrene (HIPS) interfaces was measured as a function of grafting chain density Σ of dPS-COOH chains of various degrees of polymerization N. For short chains, no effective entanglements can be formed between the dPS chains and the PS matrix of the HIPS, thus no enhancement in Gc over that of a bare interface. For very long chains, even though each chain is well entangled with the HIPS, the maximum grafting density achievable is very low and such an inte…
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