Thermal degradation studies of polyurethane/POSS nanohybrid elastomers

James P. Lewicki, Krzysztof Pielichowski, Pauline Tremblot De la Croix, Bartlomiej Janowski, Deborah Todd, John J. Liggat

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Reported here is the synthesis of a series of polyurethane/POSS nanohybrid elastomers, the characterisation of their thermal stability and degradation behaviour at elevated temperatures using a combination of thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and thermal volatilisation analysis (TVA). A series of PU elastomer systems have been formulated incorporating varying levels of 1,2-propanediol-heptaisobutyl-POSS (PHIPOSS) as a chain extender unit, replacing butane diol. The bulk thermal stability of the nanohybrid systems has been characterised using TGA. Results indicate that covalent incorporation of POSS into the PU elastomer network increases the non-oxidative thermal stability of the systems. TVA analysis of the thermal degradation of the POSS/PU hybrid elastomers have demonstrated that the hybrid systems are indeed more thermally stable when compared to the unmodified PU matrix; evolving significantly reduced levels of volatile degradation products and exhibiting an approximately 30 °C increase in onset degradation temperature. Furthermore, characterisation of the distribution of degradation products from both unmodified and hybrid systems indicate that the inclusion of POSS in the PU network is directly influencing the degradation pathways of both the soft and hard-block components of the elastomers: The POSS/PU hybrid systems show reduced levels of CO, CO2, water and increased levels of THF as products of thermal degradation.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1099-1105
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Degradation and Stability
Volume95
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

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Elastomers
Polyurethanes
thermal degradation
elastomers
Pyrolysis
Hybrid systems
degradation
Degradation
Thermodynamic stability
vaporizing
thermal stability
Vaporization
Thermogravimetric analysis
products
Propylene Glycol
Butane
Carbon Monoxide
butanes
inclusions
Temperature

Keywords

  • polyurethane
  • POSS
  • thermal degradation
  • elastomer

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Lewicki, James P. ; Pielichowski, Krzysztof ; De la Croix, Pauline Tremblot ; Janowski, Bartlomiej ; Todd, Deborah ; Liggat, John J. / Thermal degradation studies of polyurethane/POSS nanohybrid elastomers. In: Polymer Degradation and Stability. 2010 ; Vol. 95, No. 6. pp. 1099-1105.
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