The deformation behaviour of the poly(tetramethylene oxide) subchains of two sodium sulphonated model polyurethane ionomers is examined by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Surprisingly, the scattering patterns from both ionomers remained isotropic at low elongations. At higher elongations, visible anisotropy appeared in the SANS patterns, but the change in the radii of gyration in the directions parallel and perpendicular to the stretching direction was small. Three models of network deformation--the junction affine, the phantom network and the affine deformation model--failed to reproduce the experimental results. A two-stage deformation model comprising an initial stage of aggregate rearrangement and subchain relaxation at low elongations, followed by subchain stretching at higher elongations, is postulated to explain the observed results
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Small-angle neutron scattering investigation of the response of model polyurethane ionomers to uniaxial deformation / Susan A. Visser*, Gerfried Pruckmayrt and Stuart L. Cooper // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 4280-4287.