In this work we simulate the full sequence of steps that are also typically performed in an experimental approach when studying photo-degradation of a polymer coating, namely, i) sample preparation, ii) photo-degradation and iii) thermo-mechanical analysis of the material during photo-degradation. In the current paper, we focus on performing several molecular dynamics simulations to study the thermo-mechanical properties of a virgin thermoset coating as well as degraded ones. Using an atomistic structure that is obtained by fine-graining the mesoscopic structure, we obtain consistent correlations between the simulated thermo-mechanical properties of the material and those measured experimentally. In addition, it is shown that by using oscillatory strain fields in MD - instead of the commonly applied linear tensile/compression strain fields - one can acquire greater knowledge on the structure-property relation of polymeric materials. Eventually, we show that our simulation approach gives rise to a remarkable insight into the mechanism of the photo-degradation process.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Polymer Degradation and Stability|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|
- Molecular dynamics
- Multi-scale simulation
- Structure-property relation
- Thermo-mechanical analysis