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Molecular dynamics for linear polymer melts in bulk and confined systems under shear flow

Sohdam Jeong, Soowon Cho, Chunggi Baig, Jun Mo Kim
In this work, we analyzed the individual chain dynamics for linear polymer melts under shear flow for bulk and confined systems using atomistic nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of unentangled (C50H102) and slightly entangled (C178H358) polyethylene melts. While a certain similarity appears for the bulk and confined systems for the dynamic mechanisms of polymer chains in response to the imposed flow field, the interfacial chain dynamics near the boundary solid walls in the confined system are significantly different from the corresponding bulk chain dynamics. Detailed molecular-level analysis of the individual chain motions in a wide range of flow strengths are carried out to characterize the intrinsic molecular mechanisms of the bulk and interfacial chains in three flow regimes (weak, intermediate, and strong). These mechanisms essentially underlie various macroscopic structural and rheological properties of polymer systems, such as the mean-square chain end-to-end distance, probability distribution of the chain end-to-end distance, viscosity, and the first normal stress coefficient. Further analysis based on the mesoscopic Brightness method provides additional structural information about the polymer chains in association with their molecular mechanisms.

Publisher URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-08712-5

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-08712-5

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