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We derive a suitable expression for estimating the size of the cooperatively rearranging regions (CRRs) in supercooled polymer melts by fitting data worked out by ordinary relaxation experiments carried out in isothermal conditions. As an example, the average CRR size in poly(n‐butyl methacrylate) in proximity to the glass transition temperature is derived from a stress relaxation experiment performed by means of an atomic force microscopy setup. Good agreement is found with results in the literature derived from measurements of temperature fluctuations (the so‐called Donth method). The temperature dependence of the CRR size is explored for poly(butadiene); in this case the segmental relaxation function is derived through a novel method for the analysis of the efficiency with which free induction decay echoes are refocused in 1H NMR experiments. It is found that the CRR size increases upon cooling. The …
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Publication date: 
1 Nov 2015

Marco Pieruccini, Andrea Alessandrini, Simone Sturniolo, Maurizio Corti, Attilio Rigamonti

Biblio References: 
Volume: 64 Issue: 11 Pages: 1506-1512
Polymer International