The dynamic viscoelastic properties of blends of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) with poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and with poly(vinyl acetate-ran-ethylene) (PVAE) were measured, using a cone-and-plate rheometer in the oscillatory shear mode. For the study, two grades of PEO, one with weight-average molecular weight M w = 20000 (PEO20) and the other with M w = 100000 (PEO100), were used. The PVAE used was found to be amorphous, as determined by differential scanning calorimetry, and it had Mw = 12 600, as determined by gel permeation chromatography, and 73.4 wt% vinyl acetate, as determined by elemental analysis. It was found that the amorphous phase of the PEO20/PVAc blend system has one glass transition temperature Ts over the entire range of blend compositions, whereas the amorphous phase of the PEO100/PVAc blend system has one Ts for blend compositions up to 50 wt% PVAc, but two Ts values for blends with greater amounts of PVAc. Melting-point depression measurements were conducted to determine the Flory interaction parameter X to be: (a) -0.211 for PEO20/PVAc pair; (b) -0.069 for PEO100/PVAc pair; (c) -0.027 for PEO20/PVAE pair; and (d) -0.024 for PEO100/PVAE pair. Our experimental results show that plots of the logarithm of zero-shear viscosity versus blend composition at constant temperature exhibit negative deviations from linearity for the PEO20/PVAc blend system, but positive deviations from linearity for both PEO20/PVAE and PEO100/PVAE blend systems. These experimental observations are interpreted using a molecular viscoelasticity theory recently developed by Han and Kim.
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Rheology and phase behaviour of blends of poly ( ethylene oxide) with poly (vinyl acetate) and with poly(vinyl acetate-ran-ethylene) / Chang Dae Han*, Hak Soo Chung and Jin Kon Kim // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 546-553.