Frontal polymerization in the presence of an inert material

D. M G Comissiong, L. K. Gross, Vladimir Volpert*

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Propagation of a one-dimensional polymerization wave in a sandwich-type two-layer setting, where one layer is reactive while the other layer consists of an inert material, is considered. Heat exchange is possible between the two layers and thus the presence of the inert layer can significantly affect propagation of the polymerization wave. The existence of multiple propagating fronts in the system for the same parameter values is demonstrated. Linear stability analysis of the propagating fronts is performed, and conditions for oscillatory propagation of the fronts are determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-402
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Engineering Mathematics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006


  • Frontal polymerization
  • Linear stability
  • Sandwich model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics

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