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Tunable Mechanical Anisotropy, Crack Guiding, and Toughness Enhancement in Two‐Stage Reactive Polymer Networks

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Lewis M. Cox, Adrienne K. Blevins, Jasper A. Drisko, Yifu Ding, Callie I. Higgins, Rong Long, Christopher N. Bowman, Jason P. Killgore

Abstract

Photopolymers are a versatile group of materials that enable intricate geometric control over printed part geometries in advanced manufacturing processes. However, manufacturing methods attempting to spatially control material heterogeneity within printed parts introduce mechanical weaknesses that compromise part integrity. An emerging class of photopolymers, known as two-stage reactive polymer networks (TSRPs), promise a unique ability to photo pattern heterogeneity within a continuous polymer network in a manner which may be able to address these deficiencies. However, the mechanical performance of these materials has never been studied. In this work the ability to pattern mechanical heterogeneity and control performance of TSRPs is investigated. Using simple and affordable processing methodologies tunable mechanical anisotropy is displayed, defect-independent crack guiding through soft material is demonstrated for the first time, and bio-inspired microstructures are shown to enable performance enhancement beyond what is anticipated by the rule of mixtures in composites.
Citation
Advanced Engineering Materials

Citation

Cox, L. , Blevins, A. , Drisko, J. , Ding, Y. , Higgins, C. , Long, R. , Bowman, C. and Killgore, J. (2019), Tunable Mechanical Anisotropy, Crack Guiding, and Toughness Enhancement in Two‐Stage Reactive Polymer Networks, Advanced Engineering Materials, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=926947 (Accessed June 20, 2024)

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Created June 12, 2019, Updated September 4, 2020