Sintering of polymeric powders is a peculiar characteristic of many processing technologies, including rotational moulding
and selective laser sintering (SLS). During polymer sintering, viscosity reduction in the melt state promotes densification
of polymer powders, through a double stage mechanism, involving powder coalescence and bubble removal. In particular, sintering
of semi-crystalline polymers is strongly influenced by the melting behaviour. Nevertheless, melting itself in absence of pressure
is not necessarily accompanied by powder sintering, unless low viscosities are achieved. In this work, the melting and sintering
behaviour of recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE) have been analysed through differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
and Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA). Efficient models capable of describing the melting temperature distribution and rate
of sintering of rHDPE powders have been developed, highlighting the inherent differences between the two distinct processes.