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Article Polymer - Plastics Technology and Engineering ; Volume 54, Issue 8 , 2015 , Pages 806-813 ; 03602559 (ISSN) ; Naghdabadi, R ; Sharif University of Technology
Taylor and Francis Inc 2015
Nafion membrane encounters many different thermal conditions and mechanical loadings because of its wide range of applications as a proton exchange membrane (PEM). Molecular dynamics simulation of hydrated Nafion at different temperatures is carried out to investigate the alteration of the physical properties of Nafion under uniaxial loading over a wide range of temperatures. According to the simulation results, increase of the temperature reduces the yield stress. The results also show that the polymer chains ordering increases the glass transition temperature and enhances the self-diffusion coefficient of water in hydrated Nafion. Comparisons show that the elastic modulus and viscosity...