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  • 1 University of Basrah Department of Physics, College of Education Basrah Iraq
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Abstract  

The lattice thermal conductivity of a semicrystalline polymer was studied at low temperatures by calculating the total lattice thermal conductivities of four samples of polyethylene with different degrees of crystallinity between 0.43 and 0.81 and temperatures between 0.4 and 20 K. The contributions of the crystalline and noncrystalline natures and their percentage contributions were taken into account. The predicted lattice thermal conductivity of polyethylene was in fairly good quantitative agreement with the experimental value, and showed a strong crystallinity dependence, with a distinctive cross-over point at about 2 K.