Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society
versión On-line ISSN 0717-9707
NISAR, JAN; ALI, MUKHTIAR y AHMAD AWAN, IFTIKHAR. CATALYTIC THERMAL DECOMPOSITION OF POLYETHYLENE BY PYROLYSIS GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY. J. Chil. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2011, vol.56, n.2, pp. 653-655. ISSN 0717-9707. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-97072011000200006.
An experimental study of the thermal decomposition of polyethylene in an inert atmosphere has been carried out in the temperature range 300-800°C using Shimadzu PYR-2A pyrolyzer for heating the sample. The method allows the accurate control and measurement of the pyrolysis temperature. The production of hydrocarbons and the corresponding monomers of these polymeric systems were monitored. The effects of variation of temperature, sample size, pyrolysis atmosphere, residence time and catalyst on the distribution of these products were studied. As the carrier gas rapidly swept the primary products from the hot zone into the chromatographic column, so the secondary decomposition is largely eliminated and the pyrolysis products give accurate information about the nature, composition and structure of the pyrolysis material.
Palabras clave : Polyethylene; Catalytic thermal degradation; Pyrolysis gas chromatography.