Relaxation spectra of binary blends: Extension of the Doi-Edwards theory


Tchesnokov, M.A. and Molenaar, J. and Slot, J.J.M. and Stepanyan, R. (2007) Relaxation spectra of binary blends: Extension of the Doi-Edwards theory. Europhysics Letters, 80 (1). p. 16001. ISSN 0295-5075

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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.
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