Glasslike transitions in thin polymer-melt films due to thickness constraint

Shinji Yamada, Gen Ichi Nakamura, Yoko Hanada, Takayuki Amiya

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The shear properties of thin films of star and linear polyisoprene (PIP) melts under high pressure were investigated as a function of sliding velocity (shear rate) using the surface forces apparatus. The results were contrasted with their bulk rheological properties; effects of thickness constraint on the shear behavior were discussed. The melts of PIP in bulk exhibit Newtonian-like constant viscosity at least at low shear rates (frequencies), which suggests that individual molecules flow with lateral sliding motion. However, thin films of PIP melts show tribological features involving apparent shear-thinning behavior, indicative of the correlated motions in confined geometries. The shear-property change from bulk rheological behavior to thin-film tribological behavior along with the thickness decrease reflects the physical states and their transitions in the systems; the thickness constraint induces glasslike transitions. Effects of molecular weights and molecular architecture (star-branched or linear) on the shear properties are also discussed.

ジャーナルTribology Letters
出版ステータスPublished - 2003 8 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 材料力学
  • 機械工学
  • 表面および界面
  • 表面、皮膜および薄膜


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