Polymer Engineering Faculty Research


Crystallization kinetics for simulation of processing of various polyesters

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Fall 2006


The approach to determine crystallization kinetic parameters based on the DSC nonisothermal crystallization experiments is applied to poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) and poly(ethylene-2,6-naphthalate) (PEN). The differential form of the Nakamura equation and master curve approach are used. The isothermal induction times are obtained from nonisothermal induction times according to the concept of induction time index. The correction of temperature lag between the DSC furnace and the sample is incorporated. The corrected nonisothermal crystallization kinetic data is shifted with respect to an arbitrarily chosen reference temperature to obtain the master curve. By fitting the obtained master curve with the Hoffman-Lauritzen equation, the model parameters for the crystallization rate constant are obtained. The relative crystallinity measured at different cooling and heating rates is described by these model parameters.



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