FTIR and DSC studies of mechanically deformed β-PVDF films
Mano, J. F.
Costa, A. M.
Schmidt, V. Hugo
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Films of semicrystalline poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) in the βphase were studied by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The main goal of this study was to improve the understanding of the structural changes that occur in β-PVDF during a mechanical deformation process. FTIR spectroscopy was used to examine the structural variations as a function of strain. DSC data allowed measurement of the melting temperatures and enthalpies of the material before and after deformation, providing information about the changes in the crystalline fraction. After the molecular vibrations were assigned to the corresponding vibrational modes, we investigated the energy and intensity variations of these vibrations at different deformations. A reorientation of the chains from perpendicular to parallel to the stress direction was observed to occur in the plastic region. During the deformation, a decrease in the degree of crystallinity of the material was observed, but the thickness of the lamellae did not change significantly.
S. Lanceros-Mendez, J. F. Mano, A. M. Costa, and V. Hugo Schmidt, “FTIR and DSC studies of mechanically deformed β-PVDF films,” Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part B: Physics 40, 517-527 (2001). doi: 10.1081/MB-100106174