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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 77-84

Effect of Anionic Surfactant on the Thermo Acoustical Properties of Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate in Polyvinyl Alcohol Solution by Ultrasonic Method

S. Ravichandran1 and C. Rathika Thaya Kumari2

1Department of Physics Sathyabama University, Chennai-600 119.Tamilnadu, India
2Department of physics, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamilnadu, India

Received 23 April 2010; Accepted 17 June 2010

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The interaction of sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) / poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) solution was studied by ultrasonic velocity measurements. Ultrasonic velocity, density, viscosity in mixtures of sodium dodecyl sulphate in polyvinyl alcohol was measured over the entire range of composition. From the experimental data, other related thermodynamic parameters, viz., adiabatic compressibility, intermolecular free length, surface tension, relative association, relaxation time, absorption coefficient and internal pressure were calculated. Formations of rods interfere with velocity of ultrasonic waves. Hence the ultrasonic velocity decreases with concentration. These results were interpreted in terms of polymer-surfactant complex reactions.