Mathematical modeling of thiol-ene frontal polymerization

D. E. Devadoss, J. A. Pojman, V. A. Volpert*

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Abstract

Frontal polymerization is a method of manufacturing polymers via a self-propagating reaction wave. A mathematical model that describes thiol-ene frontal polymerization is presented and studied, both numerically and analytically. Spatio-temporal profiles of the temperature and concentrations of the reactants as well as the propagation velocity of the wave are determined. Conditions for existence of polymerization fronts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1261-1275
Number of pages15
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Frontal polymerization
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Reaction wave
  • Thiol-ene polymerization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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