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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Polymer Science and Engineering


A large body of literature exists concerning the kinetics and morphology of polymer crystallization. Studies have been conducted on polymers crystallizing from melts, glasses, vulcanizates and dilute solutions . The vast majority of research has been conducted on materials crystallized under quiescent conditions. Far less research has been conducted on materials that have crystallized under stressed or oriented conditions. Of these studies, most have dealt with crosslinked systems. Stirred dilute solution systems have received less attention, while stressed, uncrosslinked melts have received relatively little attention.