Differential scanning calorimetry has been used to investigate the thermal behaviour of a mesogenic polyester built up of a flexible spacer of eight methylene units and a rigid aromatic ester triad. Non-isothermal crystallizations at different cooling rates and isothermal crystallizations at various temperatures have been carried out; the variations of the melting temperatures and enthalpies as a function of the crystallization parameters have been investigated. The melting profiles of the treated samples reveal two endotherms at T~ and Td,which cannot be interpreted as usually reported for conventional polymers. A new model of crystallization has been proposed, taking into account that a certain registry of neighbouring chains persists in the nematic state above Tin, and becomes poorer and poorer on increasing the temperature and time; this persistent registry can be regarded as potential nuclei of crystallization, responsible for the high-temperature endotherm. Therefore, the presence of multiple endotherms in the melting profile of thermotropic polymers crystallized from the liquid-crystalline state appears to be a consequence of the annealing conditions in the nematic phase.
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Crystallization and melting behaviour of a semirigid liquid-crystalline polyester / L. Carpaneto, E. Marsano*, B. Valenti and G. Zanardi // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 3865-3872.