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Keywords:

  • kinetics;
  • Monte Carlo simulation;
  • phase separation;
  • wet spinning

Abstract

A new Monte Carlo diffusion model is employed to simulate the phase separation of the ternary system during wet spinning process. Our results illustrate the thermodynamics parameters are the primary factors in morphology determination during the phase separation process. Meanwhile by varying kinetic parameters different fiber structures ranging from dust-like, finger-like to sponge-like morphologies are obtained. The morphological patterns are discussed in relation to the rate of particle exchange and the phase diagram. On the basis of the systematical simulation experiments we propose how the competition between segment–solvent and solvent–nonsolvent exchange determines the ultimate fiber morphologies in spinning solution.© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2012