Gel Formation in Polymers Undergoing Radiation-Induced Crosslinking and Scission

V. N. Handlos, Klaus Albert Julius Singer

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    A study was made of the solubility of irradiated polyethylene. The experimental data were treated according to the Saito-Inokuti theory for gel formation in polymers exposed to ionizing radiation. Among other things, this theory is based upon the molecular weight distribution of the unirradiated polymer; in the present work, the actual distributions were determined by high-temperature gel permeation chromatography and corrected for long-chain branching. Under these circumstances, good agreement between theory and experimental data was obtained, which allowed the determination of the radiation yield of main-chain scission and crosslinking.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
    Issue number12
    Pages (from-to)3375-3386
    Publication statusPublished - 1976


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