Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 791–796 | Cite as

The structure of polyethylene, as revealed by solvent extraction

  • M. M. Winram
  • D. T. Grubb
  • A. Keller


When high density polyethylene (HDPE) is crystallized from the melt at low super-cooling, quenched, and then treated with xylene at ∼100° C, part of it dissolves. The remaining part is that which crystallized at the low supercooling. Scanning electron microscopy of the spherulite boundaries in the treated sample shows very clearly the open lamellar structure which was the growth front at the time of quenching.


Polymer Microscopy Electron Microscopy Scan Electron Microscopy Polyethylene 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    D. M. Sadler,J. Polymer Sci. A-2,9 (1971) 779.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    A. Mehta andB. Wunderlich,Colloid and Polymer Sci. 253 (1975) 193.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    B. Wunderlich andA. Mehta,J. Polymer Sci. Polymer Phys. 12 (1974) 255.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    J. Dlugosz, G. V. Fraser, D. T. Grubb, A. Keller, J. A. Odell andP. L. Goggin,Polymer 17 (1976) 471.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    M. M. Winram, MSc Thesis, University of Bristol, 1976.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    H. D. Keith andF. J. Padden,J. Appl. Phys. 35 (1964) 1270.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    H. D. Keith,ibid.35 (1964) 3115.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    A. J. Kovacs, private communication.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Chapman and Hall Ltd 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. Winram
    • 1
  • D. T. Grubb
    • 1
  • A. Keller
    • 1
  1. 1.H. H. Wills Physics LaboratoryUniversity of BristolBristolUK

Personalised recommendations