Moments of the size distribution in radical polymerization

  • Katz S
  • Saidel G
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For a number of polymerization models, we have developed equations that enable one to follow in time the moments of the polymer size distribution and the conversion. The exact and approximate solutions for the leading moments of the size distribution are presented for polymerization with initiation, propagation, and termination by combination. Approximate solutions for polymerizations with the additions of termination by disproportionation, chain transfer to monomer, and chain transfer to solvent show how these reactions decrease the average polymer size. From a simple model that exhibits autoacceleration a concomitant increase in the average polymer size also occurs.

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  • Stanley Katz

  • Gerald M. Saidel

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