On 04/17/2008 Composite Analytica posts:
The most reputable reference for absorption figures (diffusion coefficients, water solubility at different degree of humidity, water permeation figures including their Arrhenius energies) is probably still the book of: Cranck J.; Park G.S., Diffusion in Polymers, Academic Press London (1968). This book contains theories that are still significant, handy compilation of key figures (for water absorption we refer to chapter 7) including the references of reputable authors in this area (such as Michaels and Bixler, Cohen and Turnbull etc.)
In case of interest in more modern polymers, such as polyether etherketone, poly phenylene sulphide, polysulfone, and the effect of filler particles and (fibre) reinforcements this reference is slightly too old.
Furthermore note that especially in case of absorption of small molecules, such as water and smaller molecules, the degree of crystallinity is of major importance (absorption variations are more than a decade). The books deals with this to a limited extent - at least from a quantitative viewpoint.
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