In Part I of this work, experimental data showed that the effect of low concentrations of free radical initiator injected into polyethylene during extrusion depended upon the degree of unsaturation and branching in the feed as well as the molecular weight. This paper shows attempts to quantitatively explain these reactive extrusion results through development of two kinetic models based upon the rate equations for reactions considered dominant. The first model developed incorporated unsaturation via considera…
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