• Dependence of the Thermal Conductivity of PMMA, PS and PE on Temperature and Crystallinity
  • B. Salameh , S. Yasin*, D. Abu Fara**, and A. M. Zihlif***

  • Department of Applied Physics, Tafila Technical University, Tafila, Jordan
    *College of Engineering and Technology, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait
    **Chemical Engineering Department, the University of Jordan, Amman-Jordan
    ***Physics Department, the University of Jordan, Amman-Jordan

  • 온도 및 결정화도에 따른 PMMA, PS 및 PE의 열전도도
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This study presents measurements of the thermal conductivity as a function of temperature for different polymers: poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene (PE). The effects of varying the polymer structure, sample thickness and degree of crystallinity on the thermal conductivity are reported. The thermal conductivity increases with temperature for amorphous and semicrystalline polymers with crystallinity less than 50%, and decreases with temperature for semicrystalline polymers with crystallinity larger than 50%. Moreover, the thermal conductivity of the crystalline polymer is found to be larger than that of the amorphous polymer at the same temperature. The contact resistance of PMMA and PE could be calculated from the sample thickness dependence of the thermal resistance

Keywords: thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, semicrystalline polymers, crystallinity

  • Polymer(Korea) 폴리머
  • Frequency : Bimonthly(odd)
    ISSN 0379-153X(Print)
    ISSN 2234-8077(Online)
    Abbr. Polym. Korea
  • 2018 Impact Factor : 0.500
  • Indexed in SCIE

This Article

  • 2021; 45(2): 281-285

    Published online Mar 25, 2021

  • 10.7317/pk.2021.45.2.281
  • Received on Nov 2, 2020
  • Revised on Nov 22, 2020
  • Accepted on Dec 2, 2020

Correspondence to

  • B. Salameh
  • Department of Applied Physics, Tafila Technical University, Tafila, Jordan

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