An apparatus was designed and built which allowed an investigation concerning the morphology and kinetics of crystallization of a deformed polybutene‐1 melt. The polymer was quenched from a temperature above its melting point to one of two crystallization temperatures. The supercooled melt was then sheared and allowed to crystallize isothermally while the internal stress in the melt was continuously recorded. A polarizing microscope was employed for the simultaneous study of the resulting morphological changes. By properly accounting for thermal contractions within the apparatus caused by the quenching operation, as well as the imposed shear strain, a strain history of the polymer during crystallization was developed. From this strain history and the assumption that the volume contraction resulting from crystallization was isotropic, approximate kinetics of crystallization in a deformed polymer melt were determined.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry