Relaxationspectra of binary blends: extension of the Doi-Edwards theory

M.A. Tchesnokov, J. Molenaar, J.J.M. Slot, R. Stepanyan

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Abstract

A molecular model is presented which allows the calculation of the stress relaxation function G for binary blends consisting of two monodisperse samples with arbitrary molecular weights. It extends the Doi-Edwards reptation theory (Doi M. and Edwards S. F., The Theory of Polymer Dynamics (Oxford Press, New York) 1986) to highly polydisperse melts by including constraint release (CR) and thermal fluctuations (CLF), yet making use of the same input parameters. The model reveals an explicit nonlinear dependence of CR frequency in the blend on the blend's molecular weight distribution (MWD). It provides an alternative way to quantify polydisperse systems compared to the widely used "double-reptation" theories. The results of the present model are in a good agreement with the experimental data given in Rubinstein M. and Colby R. H., J. Chem. Phys., 89 (1988) 5291.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16001p1-16001p5
JournalEurophysics Letters
Volume80
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • weight distribution polystyrenes
  • linear viscoelastic properties
  • entangled polymers
  • molecular-weight
  • polydispersity
  • dynamics
  • melts

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