Frontal polymerization with encapsulated initiator

E. Urdiales, V. A. Volpert

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Abstract

Frontal Polymerization (FP) is a process that converts monomers into polymers by means of a propagating spatially localized reaction front. In the simplest case, a mixture of monomers and initiator is placed into a test tube and upon initiation of the reaction at one end of the tube, a self-sustained wave develops and propagates through the tube. Monomer/initiator systems can suffer from a limited pot life, meaning that over a period of time the systems will spontaneously polymerize before they can be used. One way to avoid the undesirable spontaneous polymerization is by microencapsulating the initiator. A mathematical model of nonadiabatic FP waves with encapsulated initiator is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-340
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Engineering Mathematics
Volume67
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • Encapsulated initiator
  • Frontal polymerization
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Traveling wave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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