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Polymer processing: Using synchrotron radiation to follow structure development in commercial and novel polymer materials

Heeley, E.L.; Gough, T.; Bras, W.; Gleeson, A.J.; Coates, P.D. and Ryan, A.J. (2005). Polymer processing: Using synchrotron radiation to follow structure development in commercial and novel polymer materials. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 238(1-4) pp. 21–27.

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Abstract

Exploring the macro and micro-structure development associated with crystallization in polymer materials such as polyethylene and polypropylene can be achieved using Small-and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering techniques (SAXS/WAXS). Here, SAXS probes the long range ordering or macrostructure and WAXS gives information on the atomic level of ordering (microstructure). Following structure development and hence the crystallization process in polymers, is particularly important as it leads to the stabilisation of the final product. The crystallinity in a polymer material influences its aesthetic and mechanical properties and so to develop useful materials it is essential to have a deep understanding of the kinetics involved with this process, which can be explored with a variety of scattering techniques.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0168-583X
Keywords: Small and Wide angle X-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS); polymer processing; novel comb polymers
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Item ID: 3875
Depositing User: Ellen Heeley
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2010 05:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/3875
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