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Eur Phys J E Soft Matter. 2005 Feb;16(2):217-24. Epub 2005 Feb 22.

Crystallization of poly(ethylene-co-octene): II. Melt memory effects on first order kinetics.

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  • 1Physikalisches Institut, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 79104 Freiburg, Germany.


Dilatometric and X-ray scattering experiments of the crystallization kinetics of a sample of poly(ethylene-co-octene) show pronounced melt memory effects, i.e., the shapes of isotherms and characteristic times vary systematically with the temperature of the melt prior to cooling to the crystallization temperature. The temperature range of the effect is limited; crystallization kinetics remains constant below a melt temperature T(m)l and above a melt temperature T(m)h and varies only in-between. Analysis shows that the melt memory effect is caused by a variation of the characteristic time of a first order crystallization process. The process can be assigned to the in-filling of crystallites into objects of a previously generated precursor structure.

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