, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 65-73

A nonlinear regularization method for the calculation of relaxation spectra

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It is well known that the relaxation spectrum characterizing the linear viscoelastic properties of a polymer melt or solution is not directly accessible by an experiment. Therefore, it must be calculated from data for a material function. With Tikhonov regularization the relaxation spectrum in the terminal and plateau region can be calculated from data for a material function in the corresponding region. Serious difficulties arise however, if the spectrum should be determined in a larger range. These difficulties are caused by the considerably different contributions at short and long relaxation times. We show that these difficulties can be avoided by a nonlinear regularization method.