A Compendium of Thermoplastic Polymer Programs

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Authors
  1. Hiltz, J.A.
  2. Power, J.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
The identification of polymeric materials is important from several perspectives. The first is that the knowledge of the structure of a polymer yields a great deal of information on the properties of that polymer. This information is critical in determining if a polymer is suitable for a particular application. Identification of a polymer can also indicate changes in a polymer arising from in-service conditions. That is, have additives such as plasticizers or antioxidants been depleted or has the polymer absorbed compounds that alter its properties? Polymer identification is also critical in failure analysis. In this Technical Memorandum pyrograms of commodity and engineering thermoplastics are presented. Pyrograms are chromatograms arising from a pyrolysis gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis. The pyrograms are discussed with emphasis on pyrolytic degradation products that are characteristic of the individual polymers. Often these can be related back to the structure of the polymer and can be used to differentiate between series of polymers with similar chemistry or identify the components of polymer blends.

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Keywords
Polymer identification;Pyrograms
Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2002-116 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jul 2002
Number of Pages
58
DSTKIM No
CA021922
CANDIS No
518666
Format(s):
CD ROM

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