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Numerical investigation of kinetics of free-radical polymerization on spinning disk reactor

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Philip Leveson, Dr William Dunk, Dr Roshan Jachuck


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Spinning disk reactor (SDR) technology has been demonstrated to achieve significant enhancements in free radical polymerization rates. The effect on the rate may be attributed to the unique hydroclynamic environment experienced by the reacting polymer films. The rotating surface of a SDR promotes extension of the polymer chains, which may prevent the propagating chains from terminating through bimolecular reactions. In this article, a numerical simulation is performed to investigate how reduced rates of termination would affect time conversion behavior of free radical initiated styrene polymerization. Comparisons have been made between model predictions and SDR experimental results. The closeness between predicted and experimental results yields strong evidence that the hydrodynamic regime created on the surface of a SDR can lead to reduced rates of bimolecular termination.

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Author(s): Leveson P, Dunk WAE, Jachuck RJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science

Year: 2003

Volume: 90

Issue: 3

Pages: 693-699

ISSN (print): 0021-8995

ISSN (electronic): 1097-4628

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/app.12762


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