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Mechanical properties and morphology of poly(etheretherKetone)Mechanical properties and morphology of poly(etheretherketone) (PEEK) were studied for samples having different thermal histories. Isothermal and rate-dependent crystallization were studied to ascertain the relationship between crystallinity/morphology and processing condition. Degree of crystallinity and microstructure were controlled by cooling the melt at different rates, ranging from quenching to slowly cooling, and by annealing amorphous material above the glass transition temperature Tg. It is found that degree of crystallinity was not as important as processing history in determining the room temperature mechanical properties. Samples with the same degree of crystallinity had very different tensile properties, depending on rate of cooling from the melt. All samples yielded by shear band formation and necked down. Quenched films had the largest breaking strains, drawing to 270 percent. Slowly cooled films exhibited ductile failure at relatively low strains. Best combined mechanical properties were obtained from semicrystalline films cooled at intermediate rates from the melt.
Cebe, Peggy (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States) Chung, Shirley (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States) Gupta, Amitava (California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States) Hong, Su-Don (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
August 13, 2013
January 1, 1987