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Relaxation Patterns of Long, Linear, Flexiable, Monodisperse Polymers: BSW Spectrum Revisited
Rheologica Acta (2008)
  • H Henning Winter, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • C. Friedrich
  • F. Waizenegger
Theoretical predictions for the dynamic moduli of long, linear, flexible, monodisperse polymers are summarized and compared with experimental observations. Surprisingly, the predicted 1/2 power scaling of the long-time modes of the relaxation spectrum is not found in the experiments. Instead, scaling with a power of about 1/4 extends all the way up to the longest relaxation times near τ/τ max = 1. This is expressed in the empirical relaxation time spectrum of Baumgaertel-Schausberger-Winter, denoted as “BSW spectrum,” and justifies a closer look at the properties of the BSW spectrum. Working with the BSW spectrum, however, is made difficult by the fact that hypergeometric functions occur naturally in BSW-based rheological material functions. BSW provides no explicit solutions for the dynamic moduli, G ′(ω), G ″(ω), or the relaxation modulus G(t). To overcome this problem, close approximations of simple analytical form are shown for these moduli. With these approximations, analysis of linear viscoelastic data allows the direct determination of BSW parameters.
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H Henning Winter, C. Friedrich and F. Waizenegger. "Relaxation Patterns of Long, Linear, Flexiable, Monodisperse Polymers: BSW Spectrum Revisited" Rheologica Acta Vol. 47 (2008)
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