Electron irradiated p(VDF-TrFE) copolymers for use in naval transducer applications

T. Ramotowski, K. Hamilton, G. Kavarnos, Qiming Zhang, V. Bharti

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Recently, it was discovered that the transduction/strain capability of p(VDF-TrFE) copolymers can be enhanced by more than an order of magnitude by irradiating the copolymer with large doses (40-300 Mrads) of β-particles (1-3 MeV electrons). The goal of this project is to understand how irradiation improves the electromechanical properties of p(VDF-TrFE) copolymers while simultaneously identifying the secondary effects of the irradiation process on the material (not critical to the electromechanical properties) and attempting to separate the two contributions. It has been found that β-irradiation affects the material profoundly in several different manners. Reduction in the melt temperature, degree of crystallinity, and the resulting crystal quality have been observed for increasing doses of β-particles. Similar results have been observed for the Curie transition, especially in the energy associated with, and the breadth of, the transition. In addition, thermogravimetric analysis indicates that irradiation causes both chain scission and network polymer formation. Solid-state NMR results are discussed in reference to postulated dehalogenation, dehydrohalogenation, and olefinic bond formation activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2000
EventThe 1999 MRS Fall Meeting- Symposium Electroactive Polymers - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Dec 29 1999 → …

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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