Insights into Polymer Crystallization by Thermal Analysis
The crystallinity of a polymer refers to the amount of structural order in the solid and has a large influence on the hardness and density of the material. Understanding crystallization behavior is essential for improving production processes, optimizing material properties, developing new materials, and for failure analysis.
Thermal analysis techniques for investigating polymer crystallization
Thermal analysis techniques are ideal for studying crystallization behaviors. DSC and Flash DSC in particular provide important insight into reorganization processes, which requires an extremely wide range of heating and cooling rates. Crystallization processes can also be investigated by thermo-optical analysis (TOA), thermomechanical analysis (TMA), and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA).
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