TGA analysis of γ-Irradiated Linear Low Density Polyethylene

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Journal of Applied Polymer Science


Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), based on butene-1 or hexene-1, was irradiated with rays under vacuum or in the presence of air. The study focused on the influence of the dose rate and the dose on the thermal properties of LLDPE. Differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and TGA/FTIR techniques were used to address the thermal behavior as a result of irradiation. During this irradiation, competition between crosslinking and scission reactions, subsequent to oxidation reactions, occurred in the polymeric material, which strongly depends on the experimental conditions. A decrease of the crystallinity for irradiated samples was observed in particular for samples irradiated under vacuum. This observation may be explained by increased hindrance of segment mobility due to crosslinking reactions that prevent crystal growth. TGA investigations revealed an enhancement of the thermal stability for samples irradiated under vacuum but not for those irradiated in air. © 2006


Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Volume 100, pp 2790–2795 (2006). DOI: 10.1002/app.23556