Stability of continuous emulsion polymer reactors

Anthony S.T. Chiang, Robert W. Thompson

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The stability of continuous emulsion polymer reactors having steady feed streams was studied. Analysis of a population balance model supported the notion of micelle deprivation as the chief cause of reactor instabilities. Analysis of the moments of the distribution indicated that the system may be uniquely stable in one case. Only one steady‐state operating point was predicted for the case where the decrease in the termination rate constant due to the gel effect was neglected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1925-1934
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - 15 Oct 1979


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