Extreme Toughness Exhibited in Electrospun Polystyrene Fibers

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Zhang, F and Barber, AH (2017). Extreme Toughness Exhibited in Electrospun Polystyrene Fibers. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. 302 (9), pp. 1700084-1700084. https://doi.org/10.1002/mame.201700084
AuthorsZhang, F and Barber, AH
Abstract

Polystyrene (PS) commonly exhibits brittle behavior and poor mechanical properties due to the presence of structural heterogeneities promoting localized failure. The removal of this localized failure is shown here by processing PS into fibers with a range of diameters using electrospinning. Mechanical properties of individual electrospun fibers were quantified with atomic force microscopy based nanomechanical tensile testing. The resultant stress–strain behavior of PS fibers highlights considerable enhancement of mechanical properties when fiber diameter decreases below 600 nm such that polystyrene toughness increases significantly by over two orders of magnitude compared to the bulk. Consideration of the network properties of polystyrene is used to demonstrate the increase of draw ratio toward a theoretical limit and is potentially applicable to a range of glassy polymeric materials.

Keywords03 Chemical Sciences; 09 Engineering; Polymers
Year2017
JournalMacromolecular Materials and Engineering
Journal citation302 (9), pp. 1700084-1700084
PublisherWiley
ISSN1438-7492
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/mame.201700084
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Accepted26 Jun 2017
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Zhang, F., and Barber, A.H. (2017). Extreme Toughness Exhibited in Electrospun Polystyrene Fibers. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 302(9), 1700084-1700084. which has been published in final form at 10.1002/mame.201700084 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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