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Continuous distribution kinetics for ultrasonic degradation of poly(methyl methacrylate)

Madras, G and Karmore, V (2001) Continuous distribution kinetics for ultrasonic degradation of poly(methyl methacrylate). In: Polymer International, 50 (6). pp. 683-687.

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Ultrasonic degradation of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was carried out in several solvents and some mixtures of solvents. The time evolution of molecular weight distribution (MWD), determined by gel permeation chromatography, is analysed by continuous distribution kinetics. The rate coefficients for polymer degradation are determined for each solvent. The variation of rate coefficients is correlated with the vapour pressure of the solvent, kinematic viscosity of the solution and solvent-polymer interaction parameters. The vapour pressure and the kinematic viscosity of the solution are found to be more critical than other parameters (such as the Huggins and Flory-Huggins constants) in determining the degradation rates. (C) 2001 Society of Chemical Industry.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Polymer International
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to John Wiley and Sons.
Keywords: ultrasound;degradation;poly(methyl methacrylate);solvent effect;continuous distribution kinetics.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 08:27
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2011 08:27
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/39519

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