Online Monitoring of Styrene Butadiene Copolymerization with ACOMP by Fluence Analytics
Fluence Analytics has developed a real-time analytics system that provides continuous measurements of critical properties during industrial and lab-scale polymerization reactions. The company recently wrapped up a joint project with Firestone for monitoring the anionic polymerization of styrene butadiene rubber. This technical article proves that ACOMP has the capability of directly monitoring and characterizing polymer conversion, Mw, and RV of the polymers produced during a living, anionic solution based SBR polymerization process. This information is directly important with respect to characterizing the macromolecular polymer properties of Mw and RV, and it is also useful in providing insights into production rates and efficiencies, such as improving cycle time.