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Study of crystallinity and thermomechanical analysis of annealed poly(ethylene terephthalate) films

Karagiannidis, PG and Stergiou, AC and Karayannidis, GP (2008) Study of crystallinity and thermomechanical analysis of annealed poly(ethylene terephthalate) films. European Polymer Journal, 44. pp. 1475-1486. ISSN 0014-3057

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The objective of this article was the determination of the degree of crystallinity of a series of heat-set poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) films and their study by thermomechanical analysis (TMA) in order to elucidate a peculiar behaviour that takes place around the glass transition region. For this purpose, amorphous cast Mylar films from DuPont were annealed at 115 °C for various periods of time. Four methods were used to study the crystallinity of the samples prepared: differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), density measurements (DM), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). From the results obtained, the following conclusions are drawn: amorphous PET Mylar films can be crystallized in a degree of about up to 30% after thermal treatment for 30 min (cold crystallization) above glass transition temperature. When these semicrystalline samples are subjected to TMA, they show a two step penetration of the probe into them, which decreases with the increase of the degree of crystallinity. The first step of penetration was attributed to the shrinkage of the amorphous or semicrystalline sample, which takes place on the glass transition temperature, while the second step was attributed to the continuous softening of the sample, and the reorganization of the matter which takes place on heating run due to cold crystallization. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div B > Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science
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Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:11
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