Simulation of particle size distribution in continuous emulsion polymerization through a modified population balance approach
Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Master of Science
Wong, Wing T.
Polymers and Polymerization
A detailed mathematical model for particle size distribution in continuous emulsion polymerization of styrene and vinyl acetate is proposed on the basis of the population balance in the presence of several kinetic and mass transfer processes. This study is limited to the Smith-Ewart case II, which assumes instantaneous free radical termination within polymer particles. Radical desorption mechanism from polymer particles is included in the model and the desorption rate is formulated from the diffusion theory which suggests that the rate coefficient should be inversely proportional to the surface area of polymer particles.
njit-etd1984-007 (101 pages ~ 5,566 KB pdf)
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Front Matter (Title Page, Abstract, Table of Contents, etc. ~ 14 pages ~ 1,007 KB pdf)
Chapter I: Introduction (6 pages ~ 692 KB pdf)
Chapter II: Theoretical Consideration (18 pages ~ 1,665 KB pdf)
Chapter III: Simulation of Particle Size Distribution in Continuous Emulsion Polymerization of Styrene (9 pages ~ 350 KB pdf)
Chapter IV: Simulation of Particle Size Distribution in Continuous Emulsion Polymerization of Vinyl Acetate (12 pages ~ 510 KB pdf)
Appendix A: Detailed Solution of Population Balance Equations (3 pages ~ 70 KB pdf)
Appendix B: Figures of Continuous Emulsion Polymerization of Styrene (16 pages ~ 390 KB pdf)
Appendix C: Figures of Continuous Emulsion Polymerization of Vinyl Acetate (20 pages ~ 525 KB pdf)
Appendix D: The Computer Program of Particle Size Distribution Functions (7 pages ~ 446x KB pdf)
References (3 pages ~ 136 KB pdf)
Notations (3 pages ~ 146 KB pdf)
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