Thermal ageing of hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene propellant binders was carried out at various temperatures between 50 and 100°C. The changes caused by this treatment in properties such as melt viscosity, functional end-groups, molecular weight, tensile strength, elastic modulus and ultimate elongation were examined. The viscosity and average molecular weight increased with the ageing temperature and ageing period. A decrease in ultimate elongation and an increase in elastic modulus were observed. Tensile strength of the matrices prepared by curing hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene with isophorone diisocyanate did not change. Lifetime for usability was predicted from the application of the Arrhenius equation to be 7 years.
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Effects of thermal ageing on the properties and lifetime prediction of hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene / A. Akbas and S. Aksoy // Polymer. – 1994. – Vol 35. – P. 2568-2572.