Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 147–167 | Cite as

Recent advances in polymer reaction engineering: Modeling and control of polymer properties

  • Won Jung Yoon
  • Yang Soo Kim
  • In Sun Kim
  • Kyu Yong Choi


Complex reaction kinetics and mechanisms, physical changes and transport effects, non-ideal mixing, and strong process nonlinearity characterize polymerization processes. Polymer reaction engineering is a discipline that deals with various problems concerning the fundamental nature of chemical and physical phenomena in polymerization processes. Mathematical modeling is a powerful tool for the development of process understanding and advanced reactor technology in the polymer industry. This review discusses recent developments in modeling techniques for the calculation of polymer properties including molecular weight distribution, copolymer composition distribution, sequence length distribution and long chain branching. The application of process models to the design of model-based reactor optimizations and controls is also discussed with some examples.

Key words

Polymer Reaction Engineering Mathematical Modeling Polymerization Kinetics Polymer Reactor Optimization Polymer Reactor Control Parameter Estimation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Won Jung Yoon
    • 1
  • Yang Soo Kim
    • 2
  • In Sun Kim
    • 3
  • Kyu Yong Choi
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and BioengineeringKyungwon UniversityKyunggi-doKorea
  2. 2.School of Advanced Materials and EngineeringInje UniversityGyeongnamKorea
  3. 3.Department of Applied ChemistryDongyang Technical CollegeSeoulKorea

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