Elongational dynamics of multiarm polystyrene

Henrik K. Rasmussen, Anne Ladegaard Skov, Jens Kromann Nielsen, Phillippe Laille

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The startup of uni-axial elongational flow followed by stress relaxation and reversed bi-axial flow has been measured for a branched polystyrene melt with narrow molar mass distribution using the filament stretching rheometer. The branched polystyrene melt was a multiarm A(q)-C-C-A(q) pom-pom polystyrene with an estimated average number of arms of q=2.5. The molar mass of each arm is about 28 kg/mole with an overall molar mass of M-w=280 kg/mole. An integral molecular stress function constitutive formulation within the "interchain pressure" concept agrees reasonably well with the experiments.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Rheology
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)401-415
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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  • polymer melts
  • non-Newtonian flow
  • rheology
  • plastic flow
  • elongation

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Rasmussen, H. K., Skov, A. L., Nielsen, J. K., & Laille, P. (2009). Elongational dynamics of multiarm polystyrene. Journal of Rheology, 53(2), 401-415. https://doi.org/10.1122/1.3059575