Though the determination of kinetic parameters was based on [[alpha].sub.I] < 0.9, the fits are displayed up through [[alpha].sub.I] = 0.99 for the sake of comparing the abilities of first-order reaction kinetics and combination reaction kinetics to predict [[alpha].sub.I] versus time.
Cure kinetics models were developed utilizing both first-order reaction kinetics and combination reaction kinetics.
The combination reaction kinetics model works well for detailed prediction of degree of cure and reaction rate at any time throughout the whole range of cure for a selected temperature (Figs.
Other parameters that affect the predictions significantly are the activation energy of the termination by combination reaction ([E.sub.t]) and the pre-exponential factor [Act.sub.2] of the transfer to polymer reaction.
In this work we propose a generalized kinetic model that takes into account not only combination reactions but also transfer to polymer and scission.