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Kinetics of styrene free radical polymerisation in the spinning disc reactor

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Maria Vicevic, Dr Katarina Novakovic, Professor Kamelia Boodhoo, Emeritus Professor Julian Morris


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In order to understand the phenomenon taking place on the surface of the spinning disc reactor (SDR), a kinetic/mechanistic study of styrene free radical polymerisation was conducted in a SDR. The experiments were designed to enable assessing all kinetic parameters. Obtained experimental data were used in a modelling study. Once parameters (i.e. initiator efficiency f, rate constants kd, kP and kt) were estimated for experimental runs carried out at different temperatures, the Arrhenius law was applied to estimate activation energies (Ea) and the pre-exponential factors (A). Calculated activation energies in the SDR were found to be smaller than corresponding batch values. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Vicevic M, Novakovic K, Boodhoo KVK, Morris AJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Engineering Journal

Year: 2008

Volume: 135

Issue: 1-2

Pages: 78-82

ISSN (print): 1385-8947

ISSN (electronic): 1873-3212

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2007.05.041


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