Novel Reaction Kinetic Model for Anionic Polyamide‐6

Julie Teuwen, Ab van Geenen, Harald Bersee

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Semi-adiabatic temperature measurements are recorded and used to define semi-empirical equations for the simulation and prediction of the anionic polyamide-6 (APA-6) reaction kinetics. The resin mixture used has a long infusion window before the reaction starts. The prediction of the induction time and its corresponding initial temperature of reaction is explored. By means of this semi-empirical approach and an optimised fitting procedure, the reaction kinetics of APA-6 can successfully be described. The adiabatic polymerisation can be predicted on the basis of an autocatalytic Kamal-Sourour model for thermoset resins, and the crystallisation can be described using the isothermal crystallisation model.
Original languageEnglish
Article number
Pages (from-to)163-173
Number of pages11
JournalMacromolecular Materials and Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013


  • activation energy
  • anionic polymerisation
  • kinetics (polym.)
  • polyamides


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