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A polyimide molecular compositeA polyimide is a hard and sturdy thermoplastic made from the combination of tetracarboxylic dianhydrides and diamines in a polar aprotic solvent. A series of polyimide blends comprising of a tough moldable, wholly aromatic polyimide and a highly crystalline rigid polyimide were prepared. The flexible polyimide was based on LaRC-SI with a 2% offset, and the rigid polyimide as based on para-phenylenediamine and biphenyltetracarboxylic dinnhydride encapped with pthalic anhydride. The polyimide blends were cast as films and cured at 100, 200, and 300 C in air. These films were characterized by finding their glass-transition temperature, melting temperature, coefficient of thermal expansion, tensile modulus, tensile strength, and percent elongation. These characterizations found out which polyimide blend had exceptional mechanical and thermal properties. Experimental results showed the following: (1) A blend with increasing amounts of flexible polyimide produced a better film; (2) A blend with increasing amounts of rigid polyimide produced a brittle film; (3) LaRC-SI (2% offset) tended to phase separate during film casting; (4) Most of the films produced were brittle; and (5) There was an inability to obtain mechanical and thermal properties due to having brittle film. These conclusions demonstrate the difficulty in producing a polyimide blend comprising two physically distinct polyimides. Combining a polysmide with a poly(amic acid) thermosett could be the next phase of research in polyimide synthesis.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Hart, Aprill J.
(Norfolk State Univ. VA United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1995
Publication Information
Publication: The 1995 NASA-ODU American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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