Browsing Department of Chemical Engineering Graduate Theses by Title
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Laser Transmission Welding of Polybutylene Terephthalate and Polyethylene Terephthalate Blends
(20100831)Laser Transmission Welding (LTW) involves localized heating at the interface of two pieces of plastic (a laser transparent plastic and laser absorbing plastic) to be joined. It produces strong, hermetically sealed welds ... 
Latent Amine Cures of Brominated Poly(isobutylenecoisoprene)
(20100202)The allylic bromide functionality within brominated poly(isobutylenecoisoprene), or BIIR, alkylates primary amines repeatedly to generate thermoset products at reaction rates that are too fast to support commercial rubber ... 
Leukocyte Response to ElastinLike Polypeptide Coatings
(20131015)Small diameter synthetic vascular grafts have yet to be clinically successful due to luminal narrowing from thrombosis and intimal hyperplasia. Current attempts to address this issue include the development of materials ... 
Living Radical Polymerization in Aqueous Dispersed Systems with WaterSoluble Catalysts
(20151003)Living radical polymerization is an important technique for synthesizing advanced macromolecules including block copolymers. Since its discovery in the early 1990s the capability of the field has expanded with new types ... 
Living/controlled Polymerization Conducted in Aqueous Based Systems
(20070925)In the last decade processes known as living/controlled radical polymerizations (L/CRP) have been developed which permit the synthesis of highvalue specialty polymers. Currently, the three processes that have demonstrated ... 
Living/Controlled Radical Polymerization in a Continuous Tubular Reactor
(20101221)Significant advances have been made in the understanding of living/controlled radical polymerization processes since their discovery in the early 1990’s. These processes enable an unprecedented degree of control over ... 
Load bearing regenerative repairs for the cartilaginous soft tissue of the intervertebral disc
(20140917)Cartilaginous load bearing soft tissues such as the nucleus pulposus in the intervertebral disc are affected by degenerative diseases and physical injury, which if not treated early can initiate a progressive decline in ... 
Low melting point and amphiphilic polymer microspheres for therapeutic protein delivery
(20151209)Biodegradable microspheres have been extensively studied for controlled and minimally invasive in situ protein delivery. Their small size and thus ready injectability makes this device extremely popular for localized ... 
Macromolecular Orientation of Rigid Dumbbells in Shear Flow
We use molecular modeling to study the nonequilibrium behaviour of polymeric fluids. Specifically, we explore the macromolecular orientation induced by shear flow fields. We choose the simplest molecular model, the rigid ... 
Mathematical model for ethane pyrolysis in an industrial furnace
(20140923)Ethane pyrolysis is an important industrial process that occurs by passing ethane and steam through radiant coils (tubes) in gasfired furnaces to produce ethylene and other light olefins. Undesirable side reactions that ... 
A Mathematical Model for the Devolatilization of EPDM Rubber in a Series of Steam Stripping Vessels
(20121024)A steadystate mathematical model for the stripping section of an industrial EPDM rubber production process was developed for a threetank process, and two fourtank processes. The experiments that were conducted to determine ... 
Mathematical Modeling of Arborescent Polyisobutylene Production in Batch Reactor Using Novel Material Balance and Monte Carlo Methods
(20141002)Four mathematical models have been developed to describe copolymerization of inimer and isobutylene via living carbocationic polymerization in batch reactors. In this system, there are six different propagation rate constants ... 
Mathematical Modeling of Arborescent Polyisobutylene Production in Continuous and SemiBatch Reactors
Mathematical models are developed for arborescent polyisobutylene (arbPIB) production in continuousstirredtank and semibatch reactors. The objective of the research is to assess how reactor type influences final polymer ... 
Mathematical Modeling of Nonpremixed Turbulent MethaneAir Flameless Combustion in a StrongJet/WeakJet Burner
(20100923)Flameless combustion technology has been developed over the past twenty years achieving lowNOx emissions and high energy efficiency for industrial applications. In the present work, three aspects of flameless combustion ... 
Mathematical Modeling of Nylon 6/6,6 Copolymerization
This thesis develops a mathematical model for the hydrolytic copolymerization of caprolactam with hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and adipic acid (ADA) in a batch reactor to produce nylon 6/6,6 copolymer. The reaction mechanism ... 
Mathematical Modeling of PEM Fuel Cell Cathodes: Comparison of FirstOrder and HalfOrder Reaction Kinetics
(20080919)Mathematical modeling helps researchers to understand the transport and kinetic phenomena within fuel cells and their effects on fuel cell performance that may not be evident from experimental work. In this thesis, a 2D ... 
Mathematical Modelling for Carbon Dioxide Removal from Flue Gas Using Micronsize Water Droplets
Numerous technologies have been developed to reduce the amount of CO2 released to the environment via combustion processes. A promising process named the C3 process uses micron size water droplets to remove contaminants ... 
Mathematical Modelling of an Industrial Steam Methane Reformer
(20090108)A mathematical model of a steammethane reformer (SMR) was developed for use in process performance simulations and online monitoring of tubewall temperatures. The model calculates temperature profiles for the outertube ... 
Mathematical Models of Polyether Production From BioBased 1,3Propanediol
(20150116)This research develops mathematical models to simulate PO3G productions using superacid catalyst in a batch reactor, to predict superacid catalyst effects on the polymerization rates and product qualities. The models ... 
MatrixDerived Microcarriers for Adipose Tissue Engineering
(20101201)In vivo, adipose tissue demonstrates only a limited capacity for selfrepair, and the longterm treatment of subcutaneous defects remains an unresolved clinical problem. With the goal of regenerating healthy tissues, many ...