Molecular dynamics in a miscible polyester blend

S. Spall, A. A. Goodwin, M. D. Zipper, G. P. Simon

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The dynamic mechanical and dielectric spectra of a miscible polyester and polycarbonate blend are investigated with emphasis on the latter technique. It was found that relaxation spectra for the blends from both techniques are broader than those of the constituent homopolymers. This is ascribed to greater intermolecular coupling and concentration fluctuations within the blends. The composition at which the greatest coupling occurs is dependent on the relaxation technique used and is skewed towards the component which shows the highest degree of intermolecular coupling. A number of parameters, such as relaxation time of the polymer molecules in the blend and relaxation strength, are compared as a function of reduced temperature (experimental temperature scaled by the glass transition temperature). Whereas blend behavior is generally intermediate between that of the homopolymers, it appears as though mobility of compositions with low polyester content have a greater relaxation time and possess a higher activation energy when compared to a simple, weighted average of the corresponding homopolymer values,

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2419-2431
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996


  • Coupling
  • Dielectric relaxation
  • Miscible blend
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polyester
  • Thermoplastic blend

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