Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 32, Issue 21, pp 5615–5620 | Cite as

Cold crystallization studies on PET/PEN blends as revealed by microhardness

  • D. R RUEDA


The cold crystallization of amorphous films of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and poly(ethylene naphthalene-2,6-dicarboxylate) (PEN) blends, with different composition, prepared by co-precipitation from solution followed by melt-pressing for 2 min at 280°C and quenching in ice-water, was followed by measuring the microhardness, H, in real time as a function of crystallization temperature and time. An analytical model was derived, relating properties of the individual components to the blend microhardness based on an Avrami-type equation to account for the crystallization of the components upon heating. Fitting of the model to the experimental results revealed a two-step hardening process of the blends. The degree of transesterification of the blends, can be estimated with this model. Finally, a removal of the physical ageing, inducing a decrease in H of PET in the blend, was observed upon heating above its glass transition temperature.


Crystallization Temperature Crystallization Time Ethylene Terephthalate Cold Crystallization Avrami Exponent 


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  1. 1.Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, C.S.I.C.MadridSpain

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