Accession Number : AD0918253

Title :   High Strength, Thermally Stable Polymeric Fibers.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 1 Jul 72-1 Sep 73,

Corporate Author : WHITTAKER CORP SAN DIEGO CA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIV

Personal Author(s) : Delano, Chadwick B. ; Doyle, R. Randolph ; Milligan, Robert J.

Report Date : FEB 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : This work is concerned with the synthesis of specifically ordered heterocyclic polymer systems for evaluation as high tenacity fiber candidates. Specifically sought are good mechanical properties, high energy absorption (work-to-break) and high temperature performance. The primary structural criteria for polymer order are: CHAIN GROWTH WICH DESCRIBES A STRAIGHT LINE; THE ABSENCE OF BULKY PENDANT GROUPS; AND CAPABILITY FOR APPROACHING A PLANAR STRUCTURE AND INTERCHAIN BONDING. These structural features, which are primarily responsible for providing enhanced thermal and mechanical capability relative to non- oriented counterparts, at the same time render the polymer system highly intractable. The exception to these criteria appears to be the formation of the sought rod geometry through appropriate solvation of macromolecules containing flexible links to obtain for instance a helix. Poly- 2,5(6)benzimidazole (AF-R-56) is considered in some detail. (Author modified-PL)

Descriptors :   *POLYMERS), (*SYNTHETIC FIBERS, (*YARNS, POLYMERS), (*BENZIMIDAZOLES, SYNTHETIC FIBERS), POLYMERIZATION, SYNTHESIS(CHEMISTRY), NITROGEN HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS, POLYCYCLIC COMPOUNDS, HEAT RESISTANT PLASTICS, THERMAL STABILITY, MECHANICAL PROPERTIES, MOLECULAR PROPERTIES, MOLECULAR WEIGHT, VISCOSITY, MOLECULAR STRUCTURE, CHEMICAL PROPERTIES, THERMAL PROPERTIES, ENERGY ABSORBERS, MANUFACTURING, SPINNING(INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES), CHLORINATION, SOLUTIONS(MIXTURES), HEAT TREATMENT, ANISOTROPY, OPTICAL PROPERTIES, RODS, POLYIMIDE RESINS, FIRE RESISTANT TEXTILES, DECELERATION.

Subject Categories : Polymer Chemistry
      Textiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE