Commercially available granulates PMMA and PS - potential problems with the production of polymer optical fibers

Mateusz Łukasz Jóźwicki, Mateusz Gargol, Małgorzata Gil-Kowalczyk, Paweł Mergo


The aim of the study was to verify the usefulness of commercially available granulates of PMMA (poly (methyl methacrylate) and PS (polystyrene) for the production of polymer optical fibers by extrusion method. Samples were subjected to thermal processing in various conditions (different temperatures and exposure time). Thermal (TG/DTG) and spectroscopic (ATR/FT-IR) analyses were carried out to analyze changes in the samples. Based on FT-IR analysis of liquid monomers and granulates the conversion of double bonds was calculated, which gave us a picture of the degree of monomers conversion, crucial information from the technological point of view.

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