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Dr Roshan Jachuck
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In this paper the performance of a thin film reactor using the spinning disc technology has been described. The objective of the study was to develop a compact reactor with good heat and mass transfer characteristics for continuous processing of free radical polymerization. Solution polymerization of styrene was therefore chosen as an example of free-radical polymerization system and it may be concluded that a spinning disc reactor (SDR) can significantly enhance the reaction rates when the viscosity of the polymer mass is in excess of 3-4 N/m2 s. It also improves the product quality by producing polystyrene with tight molecular weight distribution (MWD). The inherent safety of the process is also improved.
Author(s): Jachuck RJ; Boodhoo KVK
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Applied Thermal Engineering
ISSN (print): 1359-4311
ISSN (electronic): 1873-5606
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