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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: An approach for complete molecular weight distribution calculation: Application in ethylene coordination polymerization
Author: Pontes, KV
Maciel, R
Embirucu, M
Abstract: The objective of this article is to present an approach to ascertain the molecular weight distribution (MWD) of polymeric systems and its application to an industrial polyethylene reactor. Ascertaining the complete MWD can provide more reliable predictions of polymer end-use properties, as some of them may depend on specific molecular weight ranges, instead of solely on the averages of the distribution. The proposed method is based on differentiation of the cumulative MWD, where the accumulated concentrations, evaluated at a finite number of chain lengths, are considered components in a reaction medium. Therefore, the dimension of the mathematical model may be suited to the desired level of detail on the MWD. The ethylene polymerization in solution with Ziegler-Natta catalyst is taken as a case study because of the lack of studies in this field. The reaction takes place in continuously stirred and tubular reactors. The results show the potential of the proposed approach and its usefulness in ascertaining the whole MWD, which in turn can be used to predict the polymer end-use properties. (c) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Subject: computer modeling
Ziegler-Natta polymerization
molecular weight distribution
Country: EUA
Editor: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1002/app.28128
Date Issue: 2008
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