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Two epoxy networks, differing significantly in their glass transition temperatures (Tss), were subjected to uniaxial compression tests in the glassy state (20°C). One of the systems was based on the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A (DGEBA) cured.with ethylenediamine (EDA). The other one was based on an epoxidized novolac (EPN) cured with 4,4'-diaminodiphenyl sulfone (DDS). Both systems were physically aged by specific thermal treatments. The endothermic enthalpy relaxation peak, characteristic of aged glasses, could be erased at temperatures well below T~ by large mechanical deformations, i.e. close to the incipient strain hardening level in uniaxial compression tests. This phenomenon, which was accompanied by an increase in specific volume, constitutes a clear manifestation of rejuvenation produced by large mechanical stimuli. The validity of statements presenting an opposite point of view is also discussed.

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Rejuvenation of epoxy glasses subjected to uniaxial compression / P. A. Oyanguren, C. I. Vallo, P. M. Frontini and R. J. J. Williams // Polymer. – 1994. – Vol 35. – P. 5279-5282.

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