Adhesive bonding of glassy polymer surfaces by an ultrathin layer of a semicrystalline polymer

Rachel L. Mcswain, Alison R. Markowitz, Kenneth R Shull*

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To develop a greater understanding of interfacial interactions between a semicrystalline polymer and a glassy polymer, adhesion tests were performed on very thin layers of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) sandwiched between two layers of poly(tetramethyl bisphenol A polycarbonate) (TMPC). The tests were designed to provide intimate contact between the surfaces while they were heated above the melting point of the PEO and cooled back to room temperature. A contact mechanics approach, based on the Johnson, Kendall, and Roberts theory, was used to determine values of the energy release rate describing the energetic driving force for crack propagation within the interfacial region. The ability to measure crack propagation at large values of the energy release rate was limited by rupture of the silicone elastomer that was used to provide a sufficiently compliant matrix for the adhesion experiment. By cycling the tensile stress at relatively low loading levels, we were able to measure fatigue crack propagation at values of the energy release rate that did not result in failure of the elastomer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3809-3821
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 15 2004


  • Adhesion
  • Contact mechanics
  • Elastomers
  • Polymer crystallization
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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