Accession Number : AD0688105

Title :   POLYETHYLENE: A MULTICOMPONENT ALLOY,

Corporate Author : BOEING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH LABS SEATTLE WASH POLYMER SCIENCES LAB

Personal Author(s) : Lindenmeyer,Paul H.

Report Date : MAR 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : In exploring the analogy between crystalline polymers and metallic alloys it becomes necessary to allow for the differences in size and anisotropy of the crystallizing entity. As a consequence of the size and anisotropy of crystalline polymers their diffusion constant is several orders of magnitude smaller than metals. The anisotropy of the polymer molecule also gives rise to a tertiary or intra molecular nucleation process which does not occur in metals. The dispersion of molecular lengths which is common in high polymers makes it necessary to compare even the purist polymer with a multicomponent alloy. The combination of low diffusion constants and the tertiary nucleation process gives rise to a multitude of metastable equilibrium states as well as kinetically inhibited transitions which tend to complicate the phase diagrams. Nevertheless when all of these factors are considered it is possible to qualitatively account for much of the observed structural behavior of crystalline polyethylene by direct analogy to multicomponent metal alloys. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*POLYETHYLENE PLASTICS, *PHASE STUDIES), DIFFUSION, CRYSTAL STRUCTURE, NUCLEATION, POLYMERS

Subject Categories : Plastics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE