The following article studies CO2 solubility in polymide films using the IGA system.
A small piece of film was loaded into the IGA-001 system and outgassed to high vacuum of less than 10-6 mbar at 60°C. Next, the sample was analyzed isothermally at 20°C, 35°C and 60°C by increasing the pressure to determine the adsorption branch, then decreasing the pressure to determine the desorption branch using CO2 as the sorbate.
Figure 1 shows the kinetic detail used for plotting isotherms.
Figure 1. Kinetic detail used to plot isotherms
The IGA method was then used to fit the weight relaxation obtained from each pressure step. The F1 model was chosen for this experiment. The IGA technique can predict the point of equilibrium uptake from the fit, and identifies the rate constant of the adsorption k (k=1 / time constant). The method also guarantees that each point on the isotherm is measured to the same accuracy, and enhances the use of instrument time. Permeability is based on both the diffusion constants and the concentration, which can be derived from rate or time constants.
Figure 2. Displays the CO2 adsorption isotherms measured at 20°C, 35°C and 60°C on the film sample
Figure 3. Displays the time constants measured for each isotherm point shown in figure 1.
The IGA is the ideal tool to study permeability, diffusion constants and concentration independently.
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