The relaxation processes occurring in slightly and well-entangled polydimetylsiloxane ( PDMS) networks are investigated. Swelling experiments are performed in order to determine the sol fractions. The low-frequency linear rheology of the two types of networks reveal two significant relaxation processes, namely the reptation of linear species within the network and the arm withdrawal process of star arms in the sol fraction and of dangling single-chain ends attached to the network. The relaxation spectra are influenced by the stoichiometry to a large extent due to dynamic dilution effects caused by the change in the amount of dangling arms and solubles with stoichiometry. The star arm relaxation is suppressed by washing out the sol fraction which is seen as a clear example of the dynamic dilution effect arising from the small amount of non-reactive PDMS.
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Jul 2006|