The Melting and Recrystallization Behavior of Poly(ethylene Terephthalate)/SiO2 Nanocomposites Studied by Step-Scan DSC
The melting and recrystallization behavior of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET)/SiO2 nanocomposites after isothermal crystallization from the melt was studied by Step-scan differential scanning calorimetry (SDSC). The influence of SiO2 contents, crystallization temperature and crystallization time on the melting process were examined. Two melting endotherms(in the SDSC CP.A curves, reversible part) and one recrystallization exotherm (in the SDSC CP.IsoK curves, irreversible part)of PET/SiO2 nanocomposites after isothermal crystallization were observed during the melt process. This ascribes to the melting-recrystallization mechanism .The low temperature endotherm attributes to the melting of primary crystal formed during the isothermal treating and the high temperature endotherm resulting from the melting of recrystallization materials. The reason why more recrystallization happened with the increase of SiO2 content was given and the process of recrystallization was described in detail. The effects of crystal perfection and recrystallization were minimized by increasing of crystallization temperature and time.
Lianxiang Ma, Chuangsheng Wang and Weimin Yang
C. Liu et al., "The Melting and Recrystallization Behavior of Poly(ethylene Terephthalate)/SiO2 Nanocomposites Studied by Step-Scan DSC", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 87-88, pp. 69-73, 2010