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Reversible viscosity reducing polymer

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A reversible viscosity reducing polymer is provided that has a crosslinkage between subunits inclusive of a single Diels-Alder Such a reversible viscosity reducing polymer is particularly well suited as a matrix material for a heterogeneous propellant. A process for forming a reversible viscosity reducing polymer inclusive of a single Diels-Alder linkage includes reacting a native crosslinkable moiety with a crosslinker moiety having a Diels-Alder reactive moiety of a diene or dienophile to form a Diels-Alder reactive moiety capped polymer subunit. The Diels-Alder reactive moiety capped polymer subunit is then exposed to a Diels-Alder reactant inclusive of a complementary Diels-Alder reactive moiety where the reactant also includes at least one conventional crosslinkable moiety to form a crosslinkable moiety capped polymer subunit. Reaction of the crosslinkable moiety capped polymer subunit is then reacted with a conventional multifunctional crosslinking agent.

Inventors: 
Costanzo, Philip J.; Beyer III, Frederick L.; Jensen, Robert E.
Patent Number: 
Technical domain: 
Materials and Coatings
FIle Date: 
2008-10-20
Grant Date: 
2010-10-12
Grant time: 
722 days
Grant time percentile rank: 
13
Claim count percentile rank: 
5
Citations percentile rank: 
1
'Cited by' percentile rank: 
1
Assignee: 
US ARMY