Flow-history-dependent behavior of entangled polymer melt flow analyzed by multiscale simulation

Takahiro Murashima, Takashi Taniguchi

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Abstract

Polymer melts exhibit flow-history-dependent behavior. To clearly show this behavior, we have investigated the flow behavior of an entangled polymer melt around two cylinders placed in tandem along the flow direction in a two-dimensional periodic system. In this system, polymer states around a cylinder on the downstream side differ from those around a cylinder on the upstream side because the former have a memory of the strain they experienced when passing around the cylinder on the upstream side but the latter have no such memory. Therefore, the shear stress distributions around two cylinders are found to differ. Moreover, we have found that the mean flow velocity decreases accordingly with increasing distance between the two cylinders, whereas the applied external force is constant. Although this behavior is consistent with that of the Newtonian fluid, the flow-history-dependent behavior is found to enhance the reduction in the flow resistance. We have also discussed the microscopic states during the flow, observing the mean length of polymer chains, the mean number of entanglements, and the degree of orientation of polymer chains, which represented the flow-history-dependent behavior that reflects each relaxation process.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberSA013
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Volume81
Issue numberSUPPL. A
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Coarse-grained simulation
  • Fluid particle simulation
  • Memory effect
  • Multiscale simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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