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Wei-ping Pan, Darwin Dahl, Lowell Shank

Degree Program

Department of Chemistry

Degree Type

Master of Science


High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is a highly flammable compound. Finding a method to reduce HDPE's flammability is of great scientific interest to researchers and industry. Chlorination of the HDPE has been shown to have an effect on the flammability of the polymer. This study looks at the effects of various chlorinated samples on the thermal decomposition of HDPE in atmospheres of nitrogen, air, and oxygen. The thermal analysis instruments used were a Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA), and a Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC). To study the gaseous products evolved during thermal decomposition of the polymer Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometry (FTIR) and Gas Chromatography (GC) data were obtained. The results obtained showed that increasing chlorination suppresses the decomposition rate of the polymer by decreasing the flammability.


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