Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10(12), 5257-5284; doi:10.3390/ijms10125257
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Investigations on the Mechanical Properties of Conducting Polymer Coating-Substrate Structures and Their Influencing Factors

Received: 19 October 2009; in revised form: 21 November 2009 / Accepted: 3 December 2009 / Published: 8 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Composite Materials)
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Abstract: This review covers recent advances and work on the microstructure features, mechanical properties and cracking processes of conducting polymer film/coatingsubstrate structures under different testing conditions. An attempt is made to characterize and quantify the relationships between mechanical properties and microstructure features. In addition, the film cracking mechanism on the micro scale and some influencing factors that play a significant role in the service of the film-substrate structure are presented. These investigations cover the conducting polymer film/coating nucleation process, microstructure-fracture characterization, translation of brittle-ductile fractures, and cracking processes near the largest inherent macromolecule defects under thermal-mechanical loadings, and were carried out using in situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations, as a novel method for evaluation of interface strength and critical failure stress.
Keywords: conducting polymer coating; microstructure feature; mechanical property; agglomerated macromolecular; cracking behavior
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Wang, X.-S.; Tang, H.-P.; Li, X.-D.; Hua, X. Investigations on the Mechanical Properties of Conducting Polymer Coating-Substrate Structures and Their Influencing Factors. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10, 5257-5284.

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Wang X-S, Tang H-P, Li X-D, Hua X. Investigations on the Mechanical Properties of Conducting Polymer Coating-Substrate Structures and Their Influencing Factors. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2009; 10(12):5257-5284.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Wang, Xi-Shu; Tang, Hua-Ping; Li, Xu-Dong; Hua, Xin. 2009. "Investigations on the Mechanical Properties of Conducting Polymer Coating-Substrate Structures and Their Influencing Factors." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 10, no. 12: 5257-5284.

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