PhD Defense by Katie Copenhaver

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    • Friday November 1, 2019
      10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: GTRI CRB 303
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Summary Sentence: "Process Development for Drawcasting Structures in Thermoplastic Films"

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THE SCHOOL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Under the provisions of the regulations for the degree

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

on Friday, November 1, 2019

10:00 AM
in GTRI CRB 303

 

will be held the

 

DISSERTATION DEFENSE

for

Katie Copenhaver

"Process Development for Drawcasting Structures in Thermoplastic Films"

Committee Members:

Dr. Jason Nadler, Advisor, GTRI ACL
Dr. Richard Ng, Kimberly Clark Corporation
Prof. Meisha Shofner, MSE
Prof. Karl Jacob, MSE
Prof. Vladimir Tsukruk, MSE

 

Abstract:

 

Polymer surfaces patterned with high-aspect-ratio (AR) micro- or nanostructures are challenging to manufacture on a large scale due to steep fabrication costs and the lack of high-throughput patterning techniques. Furthermore, most surface patterning techniques for high-AR polymer structures performed on a laboratory scale are restrictive in terms of the geometries and materials they can accommodate. In this work, a new process for patterning polymer surfaces with high-AR structures, termed drawcasting, is developed and parameterized. Drawcasting is a viscous deformation process that has been shown to reliably produce arrays of high-AR polymer microstructures whose geometry can be tuned easily by changing a variety of process parameters and has been applied to both thermoplastics and curable resins.

The relationship between material properties, drawcasting process parameters, and obtained structures is investigated in this work. The development of the drawcasting system as well as innovations in process optimization techniques such as photo- and soft lithography and microscopy are presented. The process is highly rate-, time-, and temperature-dependent, and it necessitates an understanding of a given polymer’s thermal, wetting, and rheological behavior with respect to the selected process parameters. The properties of three different thermoplastics were investigated as they relate to the drawcasting process. Much of this data was also gathered to support thermofluid models in development. Arrays of three-dimensional structures over a broad range of length scales fabricated using the drawcasting system are presented, and methods to further improve the process in order to fabricate arrays of smaller structures over larger areas are discussed.

 

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