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Radiation aging and chemi-crystallization processes in polyoxymethylene

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The radiochemical degradation of a polyoxymethylene homopolymer (POM) was used to study the effects of molar mass changes in the crystalline structure. The dose rate was 20 kGy h -1 with doses of up to 30 kGy used. Both WAXS and SAXS were used to analyse the structures. Results showed that, under irradiation, the polymer undergoes random chain scission. The radiochemical yield was found to be G = 1.6 chain scission events per 100 eV. It was found that no crosslinking occurs and that only one chain scission mechanism, leading to the formation of formate groups, operates. Proof for the existence of chemi-crystallization is evidenced by (i) an increase in the crystallinity ratio as well as (ii) a decrease in the amorphous layer thickness. Simple models, derived from Rault's theory, are used to predict both (i) and (ii) from molar mass values.
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hal-02455197 , version 1 (25-01-2020)

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Bruno Fayolle, Jacques Verdu. Radiation aging and chemi-crystallization processes in polyoxymethylene. European Polymer Journal, 2011, 47 (11), pp.2145-2151. ⟨10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2011.08.003⟩. ⟨hal-02455197⟩
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