THERMAL DEGRADATION OF PHENOLIC POLYMERS
CALIFORNIA UNIV WAHIAWA HI OAHU RESEARCH CENTER
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A study has been made of the thermal decomposition of 15 phenolic polymers, using vacuum thermogravimetry as a tool. These polymers included regular phenolics, chlorinated phenolics, and phenolics copolymerized with silane, nylon and phenol-furfural resins. The results are discussed in relationship to the chemistry of phenolic polymers. A high crosslink density and the large concentration of aromatic groups in these polymers are thought to be the causes of their carbonization and slow decomposition characteristics.