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  • PMMA Particle Aggregates

    Posted by CMprocesser on December 16, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Hi All,
    I have been having an issue with a base that has been make several times. 
    Once I add PMMA at 0.5% and circulate my batch I cool. 
    At final check I have hard sharp particles.
    Upon checking under the microscope they appear to be PMMA aggregates.

    Our particle size is 0.7um and I’m getting aggregates about 10 mm in size. 
    Anyone have experience with this or know how to stop it? I’m mostly processing not formulation. 

    CMprocesser replied 5 years, 5 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • erickafalves

    Member
    December 20, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    What kind of solvent are you using? PMMA “absorbs” some solvents and the beads swollen and clump i as big aggregates. Look the SDS sheet of your MMA beads to verify the solubility in different solvents. Some solvents completely dissolves the polymer but if you want the beads to keep the shape, you need to add a solvent and quantity that will swollen and soften the beads without creating a big clump. 

  • CMprocesser

    Member
    December 27, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you for a point in the right direction. I will look into it! 

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