Effect of Annealing on the Main-Chain Motions of Poly(butylene terephthalate)

Joel R. Garbow, Jacob Schaefer

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Spin-lattice T1(C) and T1 p(C) relaxation and C-H dipolar line shapes have been obtained for the ring and aliphatic carbons of quenched and annealed poly(butylene terephthalate) by13C NMR. At room temperature the rings in a fraction of the amorphous regions undergo large-amplitude motions consistent with 180° flips superimposed on wiggles and oscillations. Amplitudes of the motions of the two types of methylene carbon of the butylene moiety are smaller and differ in the annealed but not in the quenched material. This contrast suggests the importance of interchain packing in determining cooperative main-chain motions in the amorphous regions of the polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-822
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 1987


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