The crystallization and morphology of binary mixtures of a low-molecular-mass (M, = 2500; Mw/M, = 1.15) linear polyethylene and a high-molecular-mass (_/~, = 166 000 ; ~,/M. = 6.1 ) branched polyethylene grade with 1.5 mol% of ethyl branches have been studied by polarized light microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. The linear growth rate and the supermolecular structure were found to be highly sensitive to composition. The pronounced increase in linear growth rate with increasing content of the linear fraction may be explained by an increased rate of diffusion of crystallizable segments due to a reduction in chain entanglement. The introduction of the linear polyethylene fraction changed the originally spherulitic structure into a predominantly axialitic texture.
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A crystallization kinetics study of binary blends of linear and branched polyethylene / J. I. Iragorri, J. M. Rego and I. Katime // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 451-460.