Date of Award

Spring 1987

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Environmental Science

First Advisor

Ching-Rong Huang

Second Advisor

Chen-Chong Lin

Third Advisor

George Y. Lei

Abstract

A mathematical model of a photo initiated additionpolymerization in a batch reactor was developed.

The model considered initiation, propagation and, termination to simulate the addition polymerization process, The model has the advantage that the concentration of any particular n-mer may be calculated without calculating all of its precursors. Other methods do not have this property. An analytical solution to the model for the photopolymerization of styrene was solved. The calculations were run on a VAX 8800 computer and the results were then compared with the experimental results. The calculated results fitted the experimental results to some extent. Effects from the variations of feed temperatures and light intensities were also discussed, the model predicted their influence very well.

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