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Distribution kinetics of polymer crystallization and the Avrami equation

Yang, Jiao and McCoy, Benjamin J and Madras, Giridhar (2005) Distribution kinetics of polymer crystallization and the Avrami equation. In: Journal of Chemical Physics, 122 . 064901/1-10.


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Cluster distribution kinetics is adopted to explore the kinetics of polymer crystallization. Population balance equations based on crystal size distribution and concentration of amorphous polymer segments are solved numerically and the related dynamic moment equations are also solved. The model accounts for heterogeneous or homogeneous nucleation and crystal growth. Homogeneous nucleation rates follow the classical surface-energy nucleation theory. Different mass dependences of growth and dissociation rate coefficients are proposed to investigate the fundamental features of nucleation and crystal growth. A comparison of moment solutions with numerical solutions examines the validity of the model. The proposed distribution kinetics model provides a different interpretation of the familiar Avrami equation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Chemical Physics
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to American Institute of Physics (AIP).
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 16 May 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:18
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/3184

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