Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
A poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC)/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) (80/20 w/w) polymer blend was studied by mechanical spectroscopy. Two relaxations can be distinguished: in the glassy state, a very large secondary relaxation in the range of 100 K to 325 K which results from the combination of secondary relaxations of PVC and PMMA; and only one main relaxation at 364 K associated to the glass rubber transition. The relaxation spectrum in the range of the β relaxation has been described by a relaxation time distribution function based upon a Gaussian function and a series-parallel model. The α relaxation was studied by means of a theoretical approach for the nonelastic deformation of polymers. We found that the miscibility of this blend appears to be a function of the observation scale: the PVC/PMMA blend is heterogeneous at the scale of molecular movements involved for the β relaxation process but homogeneous at the scale of the chain segments responsible for the α relaxation dynamics. © 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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