Concepts in Polymer Thermodynamics, Volume II: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Concepts in Polymer Thermodynamics, Volume II

1st Edition

By Menno A. van Dijk, Andre Wakker

CRC Press

209 pages

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Hardback: 9781566766234
pub: 1998-01-14

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Thermodynamics is an indispensable tool for developing a large and growing fraction of new polymers and polymer blends.

These two volumes show the researcher how thermodynamics can be used to rank polymer pairs in order of immiscibility, including the search for suitable chemical structure of compatibilizers.

Because of the great current commercial interest in this most dynamic sector of the polymer industry, there is high interest in studying their physical and mechanical properties, their structures, and the processes of their formation and manufacture.

These Books are dedicated to Analysis of the Thermodynamics of Polymer Blends. Thermodynamic behavior of blends determines the compatibility of the components, their morphological features, rheological behavior, and microphase structures. As a result, the most important physical and mechanical characteristics of blends can be identified.

Table of Contents




Elements of Thermodynamics of Mixtures

2.1 Fundamentals

2.1.1 The Laws of Thermodynamics

2.1.2 Thermodynamic Functions and Relations

2.1.3 Mixtures

2.1.4 Composition Variables

2.2 Phase Equilibria

2.2.1 Phases

2.2.2 Gibbs Phase Rule

2.2.3 Free Energy of Mixing

2.2.4 Phase Stability

2.2.5 Phase Diagrams

2.2.6 Multicomponent Mixtures

2.2.7 Crystallizable Components

2.3 Ideal Mixtures

2.4 Regular Mixtures

2.4.1 Deviations from Ideality

2.4.2 Regular Mixtures

2.5 Solubility Parameters

2.5.1 Group Contribution Methods

2.5.2 Topological Contributions

2.6 Lattice Theories

2.6.1 Entropy of Mixing

2.6.2 Heat of Mixing


Basic Thermodynamics of Polymeric Mixtures

3.1 Polymers

3.1.1 Introduction

3.1.2 Molecular Weight Distributions

3.2 Single Chain Statistics

3.2.1 The Ideal Chain

3.2.2 Real Chains

3.2.3 A Real Chain in a Solvent

3.2.4 A Real Chain in the Melt

3.3 Ideal Polymer Mixtures

3.3.1 Introduction

3.3.2 Ideal Polymeric Mixtures

3.3.3 Derivation of the Flory-Huggins Entropy of Mixing

3.3.4 Alternative Derivations

3.3.5 Huggins Correction

3.4 Regular Polymer Mixtures

3.4.1 Generalized Regular Polymer Mixtures

3.5 Phase Diagrams

3.6 The Effect of Moleculr Weight Distributions

3.6.1 Introduction

3.6.2 Spinodal and Critical Point

3.6.2 Binodal and Flash Calculations

3.6.4 Example


Polymer Thermodynamic Models

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Flory-Huggins Models

4.3 Equation-of-State Models

4.3.1 Key Concepts Helmholtz Free Energy Corresponding States Cell Partition Function Chain Flexibility Parameter

4.3.2 The Flory EoS Theory

4.3.3 Hole Models Key Concepts Holes and Huggins

4.4. Specific Interaction Models

4.4.1 Key Concepts

4.4.2 Interaction Strengths

4.4.3 Generalizations

4.5 The (n=0) Vector Model

4.6 Prism Theory


Computer Simulations

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Computer Simulations and Statistical Mechanics

5.2.1 Introduction

5.2.2. The Boltzmann Distribution

5.2.3 Ensembles

5.3 Molecular Dynamics

5.4 Monte Carlo Simulations

5.5 Simulation of Small Systems

5.5.1 Periodic Boundary Conditions

5.6 Simulations of Polymeric Systems

5.6.1 Single Chain Simulations

5.6.2 Simulations of Many Chains


Experimental Findings

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Experimental Techniques

6.2.1 Scattering Techniques Cloud Point Methods Spinodal Decomposition Light Scattering Dilute Polymer Solutions Neutron Scattering

6.2.2 Heats of Mixing

6.2.3 Glass Transition Temperature

6.3 Experimental Results and Model Validations

6.3.1 Polymer Solutions Polystyrene in Cyclohexane Other Polymer Solutions

6.3.2 Polymer Blends Polystyrene in Polyvinyl Methyl Ether Some Typical Polymeric Mixtures


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Textiles & Polymers