Point of incipient network formation in a process forming a chemical or physical polymer network.
- In both @NT07562@-forming @P04740@ and the @CT07136@ of polymer chains, the @G02600@ point is expressed as an extent of chemical reaction (c.f., @GT07536@).
- At the @G02600@ point a solid (@NT07562@) material spanning the entire system is formed.
- The @G02600@ point is often detected using rheological methods. Different methods can give different @G02600@ points because @V06627@ is tending to infinity at the @G02600@ point and a unique value cannot be measured directly.
See also: gel fraction
PAC, 2007, 79, 1801. 'Definitions of terms relating to the structure and processing of sols, gels, networks, and inorganic-organic hybrid materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2007)' on page 1809 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac200779101801)