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3D Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) on deformed PVDF Foils

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

Guenther Maier
Materials Center Leoben & Erich Schmid Institute of Material Science, Jahnstrasse 12, 8700 Leoben, Austria
Gernot Wallner
Institute of Materials Science and Testing of Plastics, University of Leoben, Franz-Josef-Str. 18, and Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH, Parkstr. 11, 8700 Leoben, Austria
Peter Fratzl
Materials Center Leoben & Erich Schmid Institute of Material Science, Jahnstrasse 12, 8700 Leoben, Austria Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Biomaterials, 14424 Potsdam, Germany
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3D Small Angle X-ray scattering (3D – SAXS) was applied to study the microstructure and the deformation mechanism in PVDF – foils (polyvinyhdene fluoride). SAXS is a powerful tool to investigate structural changes in deformed polymers to reveal morphology at the nanometer scale. When PVDF is strained the structure changes from spherohtic isotropie to a highly anisotropie fiber bundle structure, which requires a full three-dimensional analysis of the SAXS signal.

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