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Title: Economic production of VAc and VEOVA 10 emulsion polymer using factorial design

Authors: I.A. Sabbah; Tamer A. Mohamed; H.E. Nasr; Sh.E. Emam

Addresses: Faculty of Science, Organic Chemistry Department, Cairo 11651, Egypt ' Mechanical Engineering Department, The British University in Egypt, Cairo 11837, Egypt ' Polymer and Pigment Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo 12311, Egypt ' German-Lebanese for Industries, Cairo, Egypt

Abstract: Emulsion polymerisation of vinyl acetate (VAc) and vinyl ester of versatic acid (VEOVA 10) was carried out using different feed composition ratios. The copolymer emulsion was characterised by measuring the morphological properties (average particle diameter, D) by using the transmission electron microscope (TEM), minimum film forming temperature (MFFT) and filtration residue (ppm). The results of the study indicate that the average particle diameter of emulsion (D) decreases with the increase of the amount of VEOVA 10 content (and subsequently decreases the amount of VAc), also the ppm and the MFFT is decreased. These results were illustrated using response surface methodology and contour plots. In this paper, the economic production of VAc and VEOVA 10 emulsion polymer was studied to ensure the best performance of all properties at minimum cost utilising multi-objective optimisation methodology.

Keywords: emulsion polymerisation; vinyl acetate; VAc; vinyl ester of versatic acid; VEOVA 10; factorial design; response surface methodology; RSM; contour plots; copolymer emulsion; particle diameter; multi-objective optimisation; film forming temperature; filtration residue.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCENT.2015.073184

International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise, 2015 Vol.5 No.1/2, pp.89 - 101

Received: 10 Jul 2015
Accepted: 24 Sep 2015

Published online: 26 Nov 2015 *

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