Supercritical methanol is a popular fluid as a supercritical medium for decrosslinking reaction of crosslinked polyethylene. However, due to its toxicity, a safe alternative medium is much to be desired. In this work, various sub- and supercritical fluids with different polarity characters were investigated to find a safe alternative medium for continuous decrosslinking of silane-crosslinked polyethylene (S-XLPE). Like methanol, all examined fluids, including ethanol, propanol, and water, exhibited first-order reaction kinetics regarding the gel content in the continuous decrosslinking process. The reaction rate constant values were observed as 2.806, 2.569, 2.383, and 2.130 min-1 in supercritical methanol, supercritical ethanol, supercritical 2-propanol, and subcritical water at 380 °C, respectively. As a non-toxic fluid with reaction kinetics very comparable to that of methanol, ethanol was found to be the best alternative medium for the continuous decrosslinking reaction of S-XLPE.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Polymer Degradation and Stability|
|Publication status||Published - 2016 Aug 1|
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry