gel-spun UHMW-PE fibers
hindrance of endothermic transitions
poly(p-xylylene) (PPX) coating
temperature modulated DSC
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract The method of temperature modulated DSC has been applied to obtain additional information about the effect of constraints on the melting behaviour of gel-spun ultra high molecular mass polyethylene (UHMW-PE) fibers coated with a high temperature stable poly(p-xylylene) (PPX) polymer. The underlying signal, corresponding to the normal DSC signal, reveals two endothermic peaks for the coated PE fibers. A shift in the underlying and magnitude signal from 142 to 145°C at 0.1 K min–1 , a relative small magnitude signal, together with a vanishing step-like change in the phase signal with increasing PPX coating layer thickness characterize the constraints in terms of a hindrance of the melting of the unconstrained orthorhombic crystal fraction. The time constant of the melting process can be estimated as larger than the reciprocal angular frequency 1/ω=5 s of the modulation.
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