Non-isothermal Crystallization of Semi-Crystalline Polymers: The Influence of Cooling Rate and Pressure

  • M. van Drongelen
  • P. C. Roozemond
  • G. W. M. PetersEmail author
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 277)


During industrial processing, polymer melts are exposed to local high cooling rates, strong deformation rates and high pressures. Nowadays, research in the field of semi-crystalline polymers still strives towards an accurate prediction of the evolution and final appearance of the crystalline morphology in polymer products. After all, the amount, number, phase and orientation of the crystallites act in a combined way and control the final optical and mechanical properties. This chapter discusses recent experimental and model developments concerning the influence of industrially relevant cooling rates and pressures on the non-isothermal crystallization of both an isotactic polypropylene and a linear low-density polyethylene grade. The influence of flow gradients is discussed in Chapter (Roozemond et al., Adv Polym Sci, 2016).


Crystallization Kinetics Modelling Polypropylene Polyethylene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. van Drongelen
    • 1
  • P. C. Roozemond
    • 2
  • G. W. M. Peters
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringMaterials Technology Institute, Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.DSM Material Science CenterGeleenThe Netherlands

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