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Modeling the formation and thermomechanical properties of polybenzoxazine thermosets

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Abstract

We present a comparative molecular modeling study of the thermomechanical properties of crosslinked benzoxazine resins. A crosslinking algorithm was developed in order to simulate the thermal curing of thermoset resins and monitor the evolution of their network topology. The resin properties (gelation point, crosslink density, volumetric expansion, glass transition temperature, thermal expansion coefficient and elastic constants) were probed as a function of the network composition. The simulation results are in line with analytical models and in very good agreement with experimental data. Our molecular dynamics simulations provide a detailed rationale for the differences in the measured thermomechanical properties of recently reported benzoxazine derivatives and pave the way to the design of improved resins using predictive modeling tools based on the monomer chemical structure as the sole input.

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The article was received on 14 Jun 2017, accepted on 04 Sep 2017 and first published on 05 Sep 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00995J
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2017, Advance Article
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    Modeling the formation and thermomechanical properties of polybenzoxazine thermosets

    S. Saiev, L. Bonnaud, P. Dubois, D. Beljonne and R. Lazzaroni, Polym. Chem., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00995J

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