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Rhythmic Growth of Target and Spiral Spherulites of Crystalline Polymer Blends
Physical Review Letters
  • Thein Kyu, University of Akron Main Campus
  • HW Chiu, University of Akron Main Campus
  • AJ Guenthner, University of Akron Main Campus
  • Y Okabe, University of Akron Main Campus
  • H Saito
  • T Inoue
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-1999
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Abstract
Numerical calculations reveal that the target and spiral growth patterns in spherulites can be generated from the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations (model C) by coupling a conserved compositional order parameter and a nonconserved crystal ordering parameter. Of particular interest is that the periodic concentric rings (target) or the spirals at the spherulitic core remain stationary in both the crystal (orientational) ordering field and the concentration field. Another intriguing observation is that the growth of target and spiral spherulites occurs in a stepwise fashion in synchronism with the rhythmic energy dissipation during crystallization.
Citation Information
Thein Kyu, HW Chiu, AJ Guenthner, Y Okabe, et al.. "Rhythmic Growth of Target and Spiral Spherulites of Crystalline Polymer Blends" Physical Review Letters Vol. 83 Iss. 14 (1999) p. 2749 - 2752
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/thein_kyu/10/