Effect of annealing time and molecular weight on melt memory of random ethylene 1‐butene copolymers
The effects of annealing time and molecular weight on the strong melt memory effect observed in random ethylene 1‐alkene copolymers are analyzed in a series of model ethylene 1‐butene copolymers with 2.2 mol% branches. Melt memory is associated with molten clusters of ethylene sequences from the initial crystals that remain in close proximity and are unable to diffuse quickly to the randomized melt state, thus increasing the recrystallization rate. Melt memory persists even for greater than 1000 min annealing indicating a long‐lived nature of the clusters that only fully dissolve at melt temperatures above a critical value (>160 °C). Below the critical melt temperature, molecular weight and annealing temperature have a strong influence on the slow kinetics of melt memory. For the copolymers analyzed, slow dissolution of clusters is experimentally observed only for
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: February 1, 2019
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