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Application of a crystallization kinetics model to simulate the effect of operation conditions on Crystaf profiles and calibration curves

Anantawaraskul , Siripon and Somnukguandee, Punnawit and Soares , João B. P. and Limtrakul, Jumras (2009) Application of a crystallization kinetics model to simulate the effect of operation conditions on Crystaf profiles and calibration curves. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 47 .

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Abstract

Crystallization analysis fractionation (Crystaf) is a polymer characterization technique used to estimate chemical composition distributions (CCDs) of semicrystalline copolymers. The Crystaf profile can be transformed into a CCD using a calibration curve that relates average comonomer content to peak crystallization temperature. The calibration curve depends on copolymer molecular properties and Crystaf operation conditions. In this investigation, we applied a crystallization kinetics model to simulate Crystaf calibration curves and to quantify how Crystaf calibration curves depend on these factors. We applied the model to estimate the CCDs of three ethylene/1-hexene copolymers from Crystaf profiles measured at different cooling rates and showed that our predictions agree well with the CCDs described by Stockmayer's distribution. We have also used this new methodology to investigate the effects of cooling rate, molecular weight, and comonomer type on Crystaf profiles and calibration curves.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:chemical composition distribution • crystallization analysis fractionation • fractionation of polymers • polyethylene (PE) • simulations
Subjects:Physical Science > Quantum phenomena
ID Code:9311
Deposited By:CSMNT
Deposited On:02 Jun 2010 17:18
Last Modified:02 Jun 2010 17:18

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