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Keywords:

  • artificial neural network (ANN);
  • crystallization analysis fractionation (Crystaf);
  • modeling;
  • polyethylene

Abstract

Summary: An artificial neural network (ANN) with a 4-3-3-1 architecture was developed to estimate average comonomer content of ethylene/1-olefin copolymers from crystallization analysis fractionation (Crystaf) results. The ANN was trained with a back propagation algorithm. It was found that average comonomer contents predicted from ANN agree well with experimental results for both training and testing data sets. The developed ANN was also used to systematically investigate the effects of chain microstructures and Crystaf operating conditions on Crystaf calibration curves.