Effects of the shear flow on a homogeneous polymeric reaction

Authors

  • Fan Xie,

    1. School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, People's Republic of China
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  • Chixing Zhou,

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    1. School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, People's Republic of China
    • School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, People's Republic of China
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  • Wei Yu

    1. School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, People's Republic of China
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Abstract

The reaction kinetics of the postamidation of polyamide 6 in the melt was studied by a new rheological method, and the reaction rate constant was calculated to be about 0.087 kg/mol min at 250°C. To study the effects of the shear flow on a homogeneous polymeric reaction, a more practical technique was used to select the data that responded only to the reaction without the effect of different shear flows. The experimental results showed that the reaction rate constant decreased with an increase in the shear rate. Moreover, the decreases in the rates were different under different shear modes: the reaction rate constant decreased slightly under oscillatory shear but strongly under steady shear. Possible reasons for these phenomena were examined. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 102: 3056–3061, 2006

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