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Kinetics of Nonisothermal Polymer Crystallization

Yang, Jiao and McCoy, Benjamin J and Madras, Giridhar (2005) Kinetics of Nonisothermal Polymer Crystallization. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 109 (39). pp. 18550-18557.

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We adopt a cluster size distribution model to investigate the kinetics of nonisothermal polymer crystallization. The time dependencies of polymer concentration, number and size of crystals, and crystallinity (in Avrami plots) are presented for different cooling rates. The incubation period is also investigated at different cooling rates and initial temperatures. The relationship between cooling rates and incubation time is presented graphically and compared with experimental measurements. The initial temperature (relative to melting point) has a significant effect on nonisothermal crystallization. A comparison of moment and numerical solutions of the population balance equations shows the influence of Ostwald ripening. Agreement between modeling results and experimental measurements at different cooling rates supports the application of the distribution kinetics model for nonisothermal crystallization.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:21
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/3954

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