2007 Volume 1 Issue 4 Pages 480-489
This study examined the creep behavior of DiARY®, a shape-memory polymer (SMP), and the factors influencing the creep behavior. The creep test using the short term method obtained the master curve for the creep compliance, and confirmed the time-temperature superposition principle. Using this method, physical aging has little effect on the results of the creep test. To examine the effects of physical aging, we performed the creep test without using this method, which showed that physical aging alters the energy of activation of DiARY and the time-physical age time dependency at a specific temperature. The aging master curves were obtained as very smooth curves. In addition, the aging shift factors were attained when creating the aging master curves. The effect of physical aging depended on the time and temperature, confirming the time-physical aging time superposition principle, and achieved the effect of physical aging described as the aging shift rate. Using the master curve, time-temperature shift factor, and aging shift rate, it was possible to estimate the creep deformation, including the effect of physical aging on creep behavior.