We study stress relaxation in bidisperse entangled polymer solutions. Shorter chains embedded in a majority of longer ones are known to be oriented by coupling to them. We analyze the mechanism for this both by computer simulation and theoretically. We show that the results can be understood in terms of stress fluctuations in a polymer melt and chain screening. Stress fluctuations are frozen on the relaxation time of the longer chains, and these will induce strong orientational couplings in the shorter chains.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|State||Published - Aug 6 2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics