On the Method of Pulse-Heated Analysis of Solid Reactions (PHASR) for Polyolefin Pyrolysis

Ali Zolghadr, Nathan Sidhu, Isaac Mastalski, Greg Facas, Saurabh Maduskar, Sundararajan Uppili, Tony Go, Matthew Neurock, Paul J. Dauenhauer

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The continued need for plastics necessitates an effective solution for processing and recycling polymer wastes. While pyrolysis is a promising technology for polyolefin recycling, an experimental apparatus must be designed to measure the intrinsic kinetics and elucidate the chemistry of the plastics pyrolysis process. To resolve this issue, a modified Pulse-Heated Analysis of Solid Reactions (PHASR) system was designed, constructed, and evaluated for the purposes of polyolefin pyrolysis. Experimental results demonstrated that the new PHASR system is capable of measuring the millisecond-resolved evolution of plastic [e. g., low-density polyethylene (LDPE)] pyrolysis products at a constant temperature. The PHASR system was shown to be capable of producing a repeatable, fast heating time (20 ms) and cooling time (130–150 ms), and of maintaining a stable temperature during reaction. A second, Visual PHASR system was developed to enable high-speed photography and visualization of the real-time pyrolysis of LDPE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge financial support from the ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

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© 2020 Wiley-VCH GmbH

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  • flash pyrolysis
  • kinetics
  • polyethylene
  • pyrolysis
  • recycling

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