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Processes 2019, 7(2), 67; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr7020067

Advances in Mathematical Modeling of Gas-Phase Olefin Polymerization

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Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Department of Chemical Engineering and Energy Sustainability, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 94300 Kota Samarahan, Malaysia
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Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 25 January 2019 / Accepted: 26 January 2019 / Published: 30 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Computational Methods for Polymers)
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Abstract

Mathematical modeling of olefin polymerization processes has advanced significantly, driven by factors such as the need for higher-quality end products and more environmentally-friendly processes. The modeling studies have had a wide scope, from reactant and catalyst characterization and polymer synthesis to model validation with plant data. This article reviews mathematical models developed for olefin polymerization processes. Coordination and free-radical mechanisms occurring in different types of reactors, such as fluidized bed reactor (FBR), horizontal-stirred-bed reactor (HSBR), vertical-stirred-bed reactor (VSBR), and tubular reactor are reviewed. A guideline for the development of mathematical models of gas-phase olefin polymerization processes is presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: modeling; olefin; gas phase; kinetics modeling; olefin; gas phase; kinetics
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Atan, M.F.; Hussain, M.A.; Abbasi, M.R.; Khan, M.J.H.; Fazly Abdul Patah, M. Advances in Mathematical Modeling of Gas-Phase Olefin Polymerization. Processes 2019, 7, 67.

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