Polymer Reactor Engineering by C. McgreavyPolymer Reactor Engineering by C. Mcgreavy

Polymer Reactor Engineering

byC. Mcgreavy

Paperback | October 29, 2012

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Approximately half of the world production of the petrochemical industry (more than 100 million tonnes) is in the form of polymers, yet it would probably surprise most people to learn how much their lifestyle depends on polymers ranging, as they do, from detergents, kitchenware and electrical appliances to furnishings and a myriad other domestic goods. Still less are they likely to be aware of the extensive part they play in engineering applications for mechanical machine components and advanced high performance aircraft. This versatility derives from the fact that polymeric materials are made up of a range of molecules of varying length, whose properties are related to molecular structure and the proportions of the chains in the mixture. For example, polypropylene is a commodity polymer which is produced in hun­ dreds of different grades to meet specific market requirements. This depends on the catalyst as well as the operating conditions and reactor design. A major area for growth is in substituting polymers for conventional materials such as ceramics and metals. Not only can they match these materials in terms of mechanical strength and robustness but they have very good resistance to chemical attack. Polyamides, for example, are widely used for car bumpers and new polymers are being developed for engine manifolds and covers. In 1993 there is, typically, 100 kg of various polymers used in cars and this is continually increasing, giving a net weight reduction and hence better fuel economy.
Title:Polymer Reactor EngineeringFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pagesPublished:October 29, 2012Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401045836

ISBN - 13:9789401045834

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Table of Contents

Uses and applications of polymers. Polymer characterization. Mathematical modelling of polymerization kinetics. Polymerization reactor design. Reactor operation and control. Some more general process design considerations. Index.

Editorial Reviews

`The basic aims of the authors have been well achieved in this eminently readable handbook. It is written in a clear, direct style and contains a large amount of practical information and expertise, undoubtedly based on first-hand experience...I confidently recommend this book to all chemists and others with an interest in surfactants and their analysis' - Chemistry in Britain; ...deserves to be widely read by students and used as a recommended text for polymer manufacturing. - Chemistry in Britain.