Entangled polymer orientation and stretch under large step shear deformations in primitive chain network simulations


Orientation and stretch of entangled polymers under large step shear deformations were investigated through primitive chain network simulations. In the simulations, entangled polymer dynamics is described by 3D motion of entanglements, 1D sliding of monomers along the chain, and creation/destruction of entanglements described by hooking/unhooking with surrounding chains at chain ends. In addition to the conventionally proposed relaxation mechanisms that are reptation, contour length fluctuations, and constraint release (both thermal and convective), the simulations also account for force balance among entanglement strands converging to an entanglement node, and nodes also fluctuate in space. Nonlinear step strain data for monodisperse polystyrene melts (Ferri and Greco, Macromolecules, 37:5931, 2006) were quantitatively reproduced by using the same two molecular-weight-independent parameters already adopted by Masubuchi et al. (J Non-Newt Fluid Mech, 149:87, 2008) to fit linear viscoelastic data of several monodisperse polystyrene melts. Analysis of the orientation tensor and of the chain stretch ratio indicates that the segment orientation and stretch realized in the simulation are quantitatively described by a simple three-chain model (Marrucci et al., Macromol Symp, 158:57, 2000a).

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Appendix A

The Rouse time for stress relaxation (1/2 the end-to-end vector relaxation time) can be written as (Doi and Edwards 1986)

$$\tau _R = \frac{{\varsigma _m N_m^2 b^2 }}{{6\pi ^2 kT}}$$

where \(\varsigma _m \) is the friction coefficient of a monomer (Kuhn segment), N m is the chain monomer number, b is the Kuhn length, and kT is thermal energy. The time τ 0 used as unit time in the simulations is defined as:

$$\tau _0 = \frac{{\zeta n_0 b^2 }}{{6kT}}$$

In this equation, ζ is the friction coefficient associated to one node of the network. Using the relation \( \zeta = 2n_0 \varsigma _m \) and eliminating b from Eqs. 10 and 11 gives the Rouse time in the form:

$$\tau _R = \frac{1}{{2\pi ^2 }}\left( {\frac{{N_m }}{{n_0 }}} \right)^2 \tau _0 = \frac{{\left\langle Z \right\rangle ^2 }}{{2\pi ^2 }}\tau _0 $$

Appendix B

Polar decomposition of the deformation gradient tensor is written as \( {\mathbf{E}} = {\mathbf{C}}^{ - \frac{1} {2}} \cdot {\mathbf{R}} \), where \( {\mathbf{C}}^{ - \frac{1} {2}} \) is the square root of the Finger tensor and R is the rotational tensor (Larson 1988). Using the polar decomposition, the Doi–Edwards Q tensor without IAA (Doi and Edwards 1986) is written in the form

$$ {\mathbf{Q}} = \frac{1} {{{\left\langle {{\left| {{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}} \right\rangle }_{0} }}{\left\langle {\frac{{{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u}} {{{\left| {{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}}}} \right\rangle }_{0} = \frac{1} {{{\left\langle {{\left| {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}} \right\rangle }_{0} }}{\left\langle {\frac{{{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u}} {{{\left| {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}}}} \right\rangle }_{0} $$

similar to that used by Peters et al. (2000) for the Q tensor with IAA. In the case of chains aligned to a simple cubic lattice as assumed in the three-chain model, the orientational distribution of bond vectors at equilibrium is given by

$$f\left( u \right) = \frac{1}{3}\left\{ {\delta \left( {u - i} \right) + \delta \left( {u - j} \right) + \delta \left( {u - k} \right)} \right\}$$

where δ is Dirac delta function and i, j, and k are the principal vectors of the deformation. From Eq. 14, we then obtain:

$$ \begin{array}{*{20}c} {{\left\langle {{\left| {{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}} \right\rangle }_{0} = {\int {{\text{d}}u\,f\,{\left( u \right)}{\left| {{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}} }} \\ { = \frac{1} {3}{\int {{\text{d}}u} }{\left| {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}{\left\{ {\delta {\left( {u - i} \right)} + \delta {\left( {u - j} \right)} + \delta {\left( {u - k} \right)}} \right\}}} \\ { = \frac{1} {3}{\left\{ {{\left( {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \right)}_{{11}} + {\left( {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \right)}_{{22}} + {\left( {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \right)}_{{33}} } \right\}}} \\ { = \frac{1} {3}tr{\left( {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \right)}} \\ \end{array} $$
$$ \begin{array}{*{20}c} {{\left\langle {\frac{{{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u}} {{{\left| {{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}}}} \right\rangle } = {\int {{\text{d}}u\;f{\left( u \right)}\frac{{{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u}} {{{\left| {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}}}} }} \\ { = \frac{1} {3}{\left\{ {\frac{{{\left( {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - 1 \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {1 2}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} 2}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \right)}^{2}_{{11}} ii}} {{{\left( {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - 1 \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {1 2}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} 2}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \right)}_{{11}} }} + \frac{{{\left( {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - 1 \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {1 2}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} 2}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \right)}^{2}_{{22}} jj}} {{{\left( {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - 1 \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {1 2}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} 2}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \right)}_{{22}} }} + \frac{{{\left( {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - 1 \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {1 2}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} 2}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \right)}^{2}_{{33}} kk}} {{{\left( {{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - 1 \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {1 2}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} 2}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \right)}_{{33}} }}} \right\}}} \\ { = \frac{1} {3}{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - 1 \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {1 2}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} 2}} \raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}{\mathbf{R}}} \\ \end{array} $$

For R = I (unit tensor), these equations reduce to:

$$ {\left\langle {{\left| {{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}} \right\rangle }_{0} = \frac{1} {3}tr\,{\mathbf{C}}^{{ - \frac{1} {2}}} $$
$$ {\left\langle {\frac{{{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u}} {{{\left| {{\mathbf{E}}\raise0.145em\hbox{${\scriptscriptstyle \bullet}$}u} \right|}}}} \right\rangle }_{0} = \frac{1} {3}{\mathbf{C}}^{{{ - 1} \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {{ - 1} 2}} \right. \kern-\nulldelimiterspace} 2}} $$

giving for the Q tensor of the three-chain model:

$${\mathbf{Q}} = \frac{{{\mathbf{C}}^{ - \frac{1}{2}} }}{{tr{\mathbf{C}}^{ - \frac{1}{2}} }}$$

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Furuichi, K., Nonomura, C., Masubuchi, Y. et al. Entangled polymer orientation and stretch under large step shear deformations in primitive chain network simulations. Rheol Acta 47, 591–599 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00397-008-0258-3

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  • Primitive chain network
  • Three-chain model
  • Force balance
  • Step shear deformation
  • Chain stretch
  • Chain orientation