Tuesday, June 11, 2013

1306.2107 (Diego Delbiondo et al.)

Numerical study of a slip-link model for polymer melts and

Diego Delbiondo, Elian Masnada, Samy Merabia, Marc Couty, Jean-Louis Barrat
We present a numerical study of the slip link model introduced by Likhtman for describing the dy- namics of dense polymer melts. After reviewing the technical aspects associated with the implemen- tation of the model, we extend previous work in several directions. The dependence of the relaxation modulus with the slip link density and the slip link stiffness is reported. Then the nonlinear rheolog- ical properties of the model, for a particular set of parameters, are explored. Finally, we introduce excluded volume interactions in a mean field such as manner in order to describe inhomogeneous systems, and we apply this description to a simple nanocomposite model. With this extension, the slip link model appears as a simple and generic model of a polymer melt, that can be used as an alternative to molecular dynamics for coarse grained simulations of complex polymeric systems.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.2107

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