Effect of Cross-Links on the Glass Transition Temperature of End-Linked Elastomers

Adi Shefer, Moshe Gottlieb

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Changes in the glass transition temperature of end-linked networks as a result of the cure process have been studied by examination of a series of stoichiometrically imbalanced PDMS networks covering a wide range of stoichiometric ratio values. The data were compared to existing theories in an effort to resolve the question of cross-link contribution to Tg. The results support the notion based on the Gibbs-DiMarzio theory that elastically effective junctions rather than any branch point dominate the contribution of cross-links to Tg. It has also been shown that existing theories are capable of predicting cure-related changes in Tg for a variety of cross-linked systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4036-4042
Number of pages7
Issue number15
StatePublished - 1 Jul 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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