Hydrolytic degradation kinetics of bisphenol E cyanate ester resin and composite

James A. Throckmorton, Greg Feldman, Giuseppe R. Palmese, Andrew J. Guenthner, Kevin R. Lamison, Neil D. Redeker, Patrick N. Ruth

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Cyanate ester resin systems offer promise for many high-temperature polymer applications, but the potential for many applications is limited due to hydrolytic degradation of the cured polymer network, which can blister the resin, decrease its cross-linking density, and reduce the maximum allowable use temperature. This study examines the hydrolytic degradation of a Bisphenol E dicyanate ester (LECY) and a glass-fiber composite of LECY. Equilibrium water sorption, reaction rates, and glass transition temperature changes are monitored. Despite differences in diffusion and sorption, the glass fiber composite is shown to behave similarly to the neat polymer system in terms of degradation. Results were compared to PT-30 triphenolic cyanate ester, and LECY was determined to have lower equilibrium water sorption values, and a lower degradation rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalPolymer Degradation and Stability
StatePublished - May 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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