High frequency rheometry of viscoelastic coatings with the quartz crystal microbalance

Garret C. Denolf, Larry Haack, Joe Holubka, Ann Straccia, Kay Blohowiak, Chris Broadbent, Kenneth R. Shull*

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We describe a quantitative method for using the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) to characterize the high frequency viscoelastic response of glassy polymer coatings with thicknesses in the 5-10 μm regime. By measuring the frequency and dissipation at the fundamental resonant frequency (5 MHz) and at the third harmonic (15 MHz), we obtain three independent quantities. For coatings with a predominantly elastic response, characterized by relatively low phase angles, these quantities are the mass per unit area of the coating, the density-shear modulus product, and the phase angle itself. The approach was demonstrated with a model polyurethane coating, where the evolution of these properties as a function of cure time was investigated. For fully cured films, data obtained from the QCM are in good agreement with results obtained from traditional dynamic mechanical analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9873-9879
Number of pages7
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 16 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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