Role of Crystal-Amorphous Interaction on Phase Equilibria of Crystal/Amorphous Polymer Blends
A self-consistent theory has been developed for determination of phase diagrams of a crystalline polymer solution. Although the original Flory diluent theory captures the liquidus line, the theory is incapable of accounting for the solidus line due to the inherent assumption of complete immiscibility of solvent in the solid crystal. The present theory considers all possible interactions involving amorphous-amorphous and crystal-amorphous interactions. The self-consistent solutions predict various phase diagrams involving liquid-liquid, pure solid, and liquid-solid coexistence regions bound by liquidus and solidus lines. In the limit of complete insolubility of solvent in neat solid crystal, the original Flory diluent theory is recovered.
Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics
Matkar, Rushikesh A. and Kyu, Thein, "Role of Crystal-Amorphous Interaction on Phase Equilibria of Crystal/Amorphous Polymer Blends" (2006). Polymer Engineering Faculty Research. 954.