Recovery dynamics of acrylic coating surfaces
It was found that the extent and rate of recovery are closely related to the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the polymer and RH. The phenomenon is explained by viscoelastic mechanics theory, in which mechanical characteristics such as elastic modulus and viscosity of the polymer have influence over the dynamics as well as the extent of recovery.
The experimental data suggests that the polymer undergoes change in viscoelasticity at elevated RH due to water uptake. It is believed that this behavior may provide new insights in research areas such as controlled repair of coatings. According to the researchers, this experimental approach will help to better understand the mechanical performance of coatings under deviated environmental conditions.
The study has been published in Progress in Organic Coatings, Vol. 146, September 2020.
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