Authors Salaeh, S. ; Das, A. ; Wießner, S.
Title Design and fabrication of thermoplastic elastomer with ionic network: A strategy for good performance and shape memory capability
Date 03.05.2021
Number 58753
Abstract Smart elastomeric materials with outstanding performance and multifunctional properties are highly desirable for many potential applications. Here, strong shape memory materials were prepared based on poly(vinylidene fluoride)/carboxylated nitrile butadiene rubber (PVDF/XNBR) blends containing ionic crosslinks. The ionic clusters in the blends improved mechanical properties and elasticity of the shape memory blends. Interestingly, the elongation at break of this blend increased with rubber content without deterioration of tensile strength. A remarkable improvement of mechanical performance of the blends arose from the reinforcing cite and dynamic mobility of ionic clusters in XNBR matrix. The combination of blending and ionic cross-linking not only improved mechanical properties but also improved shape memory performance. The blends prepared in this work exhibited thermally triggered shape memory because both phases are responsible for shape fixity and recovery. As a consequence, the blends with high XNBR content showed high shape recovery (90%). Finally, this work provides an efficient approach to design new ionic crosslinked blends with excellent mechanical properties and shape memory properties.
Publisher Polymer
Citation Polymer 233 (2021) 123699

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