Influence of molecular weight on the fracture properties of aliphatic polyketone terpolymers

W.C.J. Zuiderduin, D.S. Homminga, D.S. Homminga, Han Huetink, R.J. Gaymans

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The influence of polymer molecular weight on the mechanical properties of aliphatic polyketones was investigated. The molecular weight varied from 100,000 to 300,000 g mol21. The crystallinity was found to be independent of polymer molecular weight, as was the glass transition temperature. The yield strength and stiffness of the aliphatic polyketone terpolymers were also found to be independent of molecular weight. The post yield behaviour showed strong dependency on polymer chain length. The draw stress was increased significantly with higher molecular weight material. The impact resistance was increased with molecular weight, resulting in ductile fractures with large energy consumption upon fracture. The brittle-to-ductile transition temperature was lowered with increasing chain length. The difference in material deformation was linked to the higher mechanical connectivity and more stable post yield behaviour of the polymers with an increased molecular weight
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)6361-6370
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • IR-59416
  • METIS-217139

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