The Physics Behind Polymer Breakdown

Apr 23, 2020

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog. As I have mentioned before, I plan on researching the specifics of the experimental set-up I intend to work with in college in the coming weeks. Recently, I’ve been looking into how focused ultrasound actually breaks down polymers in a solution. I’ve learned that there are two main forces at play: thermodynamic forces and hydrodynamic forces. Ultrasound can induce rapid fluid movement when fired at a solution. This movement often results in higher fluid temperature, which can independently depolymerize a substance. Additionally, high-frequency ultrasonic waves create hydrodynamic shear forces that can break down a polymer mechanically. It’s satisfying to finally have an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms I was supposed to test. I look forward to doing more literature review and sharing what I learned with you all. Stay safe, everyone!

Sincerely,

Kamil

3 Replies to “The Physics Behind Polymer Breakdown”

  1. Thomas E. says:

    Kamil, it’s nice to see that you are looking ahead and merging your Senior Project research with what you may want to do in college. Making the best of your project in the COVID-19 crisis is crucial.
    Question: Is your final product changing because you have switched from lab-work to literature review?

  2. Charles T. says:

    Whoa that’s interesting! Please do talk more about hydrodynamic forces.

  3. Kareena K. says:

    Fascinating! Always learning something new when reading your blogs and I can’t wait to hear more about the literature review.

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