Nonlinear dynamics of frontal polymerization with autoacceleration

D. M.G. Comissiong, L. K. Gross, V. A. Volpert*

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A free-boundary model is used to describe frontal polymerization. Autoacceleration effects, such as the gel effect, are accounted for in the formulation. Weakly nonlinear analysis is applied to investigate pulsating instabilities in two dimensions. The analysis produces a pair of Landau equations that describe the evolution of the linearly unstable modes. Autoacceleration influences the linear stability of the system as well as the onset and stability of spinning and standing modes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-78
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Engineering Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2005


  • Frontal polymerization
  • Landau equations
  • Nonlinear stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • General Engineering


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