1 Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark 2 The Danish Polymer Centre, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark 3 Center for Energy Resources Engineering, Center, Technical University of Denmark 4 Centre for oil and gas – DTU, Center, Technical University of Denmark
The demand for monolithic structures in many applications has increased to enable more reliable and optimized performances such as for dielectric electroactive polymers (DEAPs). For the layers of the elements to grow efficiently together, it is first of all required that the layers adhere together to enable interlayer crosslinking reactions either by application of an adhesion promoter or by ensuring that there are reactive, complementary sites available on the two surfaces. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is a widely used polymer for DEAPs. In this work, two-layered PDMS films are adhered together at different curing times. The monolithic films are investigated by rheology, scanning electron microscope, mechanical testing, dielectric relaxation spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The morphology, mechanical and dielectric properties, as well as thermal stabilities of the bilayer elastomer films are observed to change with the curing time of the monolayers before lamination. The objective of this work is to create adhesion of two layers without destroying the original viscoelastic properties of the PDMS films, and hence enable, for example, adhesion of two microstructured films which is currently a crucial step in the large-scale production of DEAPs. © 2014 The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) All rights reserved.
Polymer Journal, 2014, Vol 46, Issue 2, p. 123-129
Adhesion; Crosslinking; Dielectric Electro Active Polymers; Monolithic Integration; Polydimethylsiloxane
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