The thermal and mechanical properties of Lexan polycarbonate (PC) irradiated by 15 MeV proton and 40 MeV alpha particles with different fluencies have been investigated. The thermal decomposition temperature, thermal activation energy of decomposition, tensile strength, fracture strain, Young's modulus and average molecular weight of PC decreased after irradiation. The infrared spectroscopic results showed breakage of the carbonate site in PC after irradiation. The average surface roughness value of PC increased and it showed pores formation after irradiation. These changes in thermal and mechanical parameters were due to chain scission of C–O bond in PC after irradiation which is confirmed from infrared spectroscopic results. It was also showed that 40 MeV alpha particles induce more changes in thermal and mechanical properties of PC when compared to that of 15 MeV proton.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 01-05-2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films