Viscous dissipation in capillary flow of rigid PVC and PVC degradation

R. A. Morrette, C. G. Gogos

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The steady state, non‐isothermal behavior of rigid polyvinyl chloride melt, flowing in capillaries of circular cross‐section, was investigated by solving, with the aid of a digital computer, the momentum and energy balance equations. It was assumed that the polymer melt can be described by the “Power Law” constitutive equation. The shear rate, temperature and pressure dependent properties of the fluid were obtained experimentally. The effects of the thermal degradation of PVC on its viscosity, were also introduced in the equations of momentum and energy. The velocity, temperature and pressure profiles, obtained for both adiabatic flow and flow through a tube of constant wall temperature, indicate that considerable heating of the melt, due to viscous dissipation, can be achieved at moderate flow rates. Thermal degradation occurs in the capillary under certain conditions of temperature history and residence time of the fluid. The results of this work are in fair agreement with experimental results in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-280
Number of pages9
JournalPolymer Engineering & Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1968
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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