Isothermal crystallization measurements on poly(ethylene terephthalate) by differential enthalpic analysis



The process of solid-phase crystallization in poly(ethylene terephthalate) has been followed by means of differential enthalpic analysis. Kinetic data for the process has been obtained for isothermal annealing from 100 to 115°C., showing induction times and first-order rate dependence. For the material studied, undrawn polyester filaments, an activation energy of 44 kcal./mole was determined. The technique used provides more direct monitoring of the crystallization phenomenon than that achieved with other methods.