Joseph A. Biesenberger, Donald H. Sebastian

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This book deals specifically with processes aimed at the manufacture of polymeric materials. Consistent with the task of engineering science, it emphasizes concepts and principles. The goal is the formulation of generalizations that will be useful in the design, scaling, and modification of polymerization processes. Strategy consists of constructing and analyzing the behavior of relevant model processes and is therefore largely heuristic. Results, whenever possible, take the form of dimensionless algorithms or criteria, with clear physical significance to facilitate their application to actual processes. Actual processes are used occasionally as examples, where sufficient knowledge and data are available. This book is directed primarily toward the industrial engineer or scientist in research or development with a firm technical background who is attempting to apply that background to polymerization processes. It should also be suitable as a text for courses dealing with chemical engineering aspects of polymer processes. Chapter 1 consists of a collection of fundamental concepts on which subsequent chapters are based. Chapter 2 discusses phenomena that are inherent in polymerization reactions. Chapters 3-5 deal with physical factors that affect, or are affected by, polymerizations on an engineering scale. Chapter 6 treats postreactor separation of unreacted monomer and/or diluents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinc of Polym Eng
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
ISBN (Print)0471086169
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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