Crystallization, melting, and dynamic relaxation characteristics of Ptt and Ptt blends

Sumod Kalakkunnath, Terry W. Humphries, Douglass S. Kalika

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The crystallization, melting and relaxation characteristics of semicrystalline poly(trimethylene terephthalate) [PTT] have been studied as a function of thermal processing history. Samples with bulk crystallinity ranging from 15 to 50% were prepared by various routes and their dynamic relaxation characteristics investigated by broadband dielectric relaxation spectroscopy and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis. Both cold-crystallized and melt-crystallized specimens display a sizeable rigid amorphous phase fraction, and the overall phase behavior of the specimens was quantified using calorimetric and dielectric measurements. In addition, blends of PTT with amorphous polyetherimide [PEI; Tg ∼ 215°C] have been explored as a means by which to control crystallization and enhance thermal resistance of the base resin. Melt-formulated blends were prepared across the entire range of compositions, and the influence of the non-crystallizable (PEI) diluent has been assessed in terms of crystallization kinetics, bulk crystallinity, and potential amorphous phase segregation.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2005
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2005Nov 4 2005


Conference05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)


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