Melt spinning of nylon 6: Structure development and mechanical properties of as-spun filaments



The structure of melt-spun nylon 6 filaments was studied using on-line x-ray diffraction and birefringence measurements. Measurements were also made on as-spun and treated filaments. On-line wide-angle x-ray scattering measurements indicated that crystallization did not occur on the nylon 6 spinline at spinning rates up to 1000 m/min when spinning was done into either ambient air of 60% relative humidity or into wet saturated air. The filaments did crystalline gradually on the bobbin to a paracrystalline pseudohexagonal (γ) form. The rate of crystallization was dependent on the molecular orientation developed in the spun filaments. Crystalline orientation factors based on hexagonal symmetry were computed as a function of take-up velocity for fibers which were conditioned 24 hr in air at 65% relative humidity. Annealing in air or treatment in water or 20% formic acid solution causes a transformation from the pseudohexagonal form to the α monoclinic form. The tangent modulus of elasticity and tensile strength of spun and conditioned filaments increase with increasing take-up velocity and spinline stress, while elongation to break decreases with these variables.