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  • 1
    ISSN: 1435-1528
    Keywords: Rheological equation ; dilute polymersolution ; polyelectrolyte ; shear thickening ; polyacrylamide solution
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
    Notes: Abstract A mathematical model based on the diffusion-convection equations is used to describe the rheological properties of dilute polymer solutions. The model uses a second-order conformation tensor as a measure of the internal strain; this avoids the mathematical complexity resulting from the use of a more detailed description of the macromolecules and also avoids the necessity of introducing additional ad-hoc assumptions (closure approximations) commonly used in other molecular theories. The rheological equation is obtained in terms of the rate-of-deformation tensor $$\dot \gamma $$ and a scalar functionf(σ) relating the extra stress tensorσ to the internal strain tensorc. The functionf(σ) depends on the physical insight introduced in the Helmholtz free energyA(c) of the solvent-polymer system. This approach is illustrated for an intra-molecular potential of a “FENE-charged” type. The concept of an isotropic, but conformation-dependent, friction coefficient, is also introduced to account for the “coil-stretch” transformation of macromolecules in solution. Viscosity and first normal-stress data, of partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide solutions, (polyelectrolytes) are analyzed and compared to the model predictions in steady shear and elongational flows.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 0887-6266
    Keywords: interfacial tension ; breaking thread ; polyamide ; polyethylene ; interface ; modifier morphology ; Physics ; Polymer and Materials Science
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
    Notes: Compared to the dynamic mixing process used in melt blending operations, most techniques for measuring the interfacial tension can be considered as virtually static. For this reason, in order to measure the interfacial tension of an A-B immiscible system in the presence of an interfacial modifier, the problem of migrating the modifier to the interface is a central issue. In this study, the influence of the addition of an interfacial modifier, a polyethylene copolymer ionomer, on the interfacial tension between two high-density polyethylenes and a polyamide is investigated. The breaking thread method is used and the interfacial tension is measured as a function of ionomer content. In order to enhance the likelihood of placing the modifier in closer proximity to the interface, various sample preparations are compared. In all cases, the interfacial tension significantly drops with increasing ionomer content and tends to a limiting value. It is shown, however, that the preparation of the system for the breaking thread experiment via coextrusion using a conical die brings the modifier in closest proximity to the interface. With this approach an additional 1.45 times reduction of the interfacial tension at 10% compatibilizer concentration (based on the mass of HDPE) is observed compared to the classical technique of preparation. Confirmation of this effect is demonstrated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy where analysis of the thread surface of the system prepared by coextrusion indicates a more than fourfold enrichment of interfacial modifier. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Polym Sci B: Polym Phys 36: 1947-1958, 1998
    Additional Material: 9 Ill.
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