This paper presents the development of a model for free radical initiated polypropylene degradation during reactive extrusion that combines a kinetic model of the polypropylene degradation reaction with a simplified model of the melting mechanism in the extruder. The free radical initiated degradation of polypropylene is characterized by a narrowing of the molecular weight distribution (MWD) and a decrease in the molecular weight averages. A high temperature SEC is used to determine MWD's for three different …
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