Developing Advanced Models for Free-Radical Polymerization Process using Aspen Polymers

Learn how to use Aspen Polymers to model Free-radical polymerization processes. Acquire knowledge on polymer thermodynamics and phase equilibria and the modeling approach for polymerization kinetics. Understand the basic steps for developing polymer process models.


  • R&D staff responsible for developing polymer process models
  • Anyone interested in optimizing their polymer processes and improving the plant productivity and product quality  
  • Anyone who wishes to learn about modeling polymer systems

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    2 day(s)

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  • Gain an overview of the key modeling issues for polymer processes
  • Acquire basic knowledge about polymer thermodynamics
  • Learn the modeling approach for Free-radical polymerization kinetics
  • Understand the basic steps for quickly and successfully developing polymer process models
  • Know how to use Aspen Polymers in combination with Aspen Plus to develop advanced models of polymerization processes


  • Instruction on basic topics
  • Detailed discussion of technical foundation for simulator features for polymer processes
  • Demonstrations of features
  • Instructor-guided exercises
  • Hands-on workshops that apply learned concepts
  • Detailed course notes


  • Must have attended “EAP101 Aspen Plus: Process Modeling” training course or have a good working knowledge of using Aspen Plus
  • EAP201 Aspen Plus: Physical Properties for Process Engineers

Subsequent Courses

  • EAP 2121 Process Flowsheet Convergence in Aspen Plus
  • Advanced polymers training is available by arrangement


Introduction to Aspen Polymers and Polymerization Process Modeling
  • Discuss and review background information about; Aspen Polymers, polymerization processes and process  modeling
Component Characterization
  • Demonstrate how to setup and characterize components for modeling a polymerization process
  • Demonstrate how to view polymer attribute results
  • Workshop: Setup and characterize the components for modeling a styrene free radical solution polymerization process
Property method
  • Identify and explain the Property method in Aspen Polymers
  • Review the criteria for selecting a Property method
  • Workshop: Specify the property method for a styrene free radical solution polymerization process
Overview of Polymer Property Models
  • Identify and explain Polymer Thermo-physical Property Models 
  • Discuss and review the technical details of the model
  • Determine how to verify pure component properties
  • Workshop:  Estimate/fit van Krevelen density parameters for a segment that does not exist in the databank
Polymerization Reaction type
  • Review and discuss the polymerization reaction types available in Aspen Polymers
Free-Radical Polymerization Kinetics
  • Review the built-in reactions in the free radical kinetic model
  • Identify and explain how to setup free radical polymerization kinetics
  • Workshop: Develop familiarity with the free-radical kinetic model features
Reaction Kinetic parameters fitting
  • Learn how to utilize CALCULATOR to define reaction kinetic
  • Learn how to utilize SENSITIVITY to simulate the effect of changes in input variables (chain transfer parameters, temperature, monomer ratio, etc.)  on model outputs
  • Learn how to utilize DESIGN-SPEC to find kinetic parameter to meet model output
  • Workshop: Setup a calculator block to define reaction kinetic, setup a sensitivity analysis to simulate the effect of changing reaction parameter on MWW, and setup a design-spec to find kinetic parameter ratio of (propagation^0.5) to termination to meet MWW target.
Emulsion Polymerization Kinetics (Options)
  • Introduce emulsion polymerization
  • Review the emulsion polymerization kinetic model features
  • Discuss how to setup reactions
  • Workshop: Develop familiarity with emulsion polymerization kinetics
Data Regression (Options)
  • Learn how to use the Data-Fit feature in Aspen Plus to fit polymerization kinetic parameters
  • Workshop: Fit kinetic parameters for the thermal polymerization of styrene

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Aspen Technology, Inc. awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for training classes conducted by our organization. One CEU is granted for every 10 hours of class participation.