Polymer Science Faculty Research

Title

Banding in entangled polymer fluids under oscillatory shearing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2006

Abstract

We report a flow phenomenon in entangled polymer solutions that has never been described in the literature. A large-amplitude oscillatory shear was imposed on the polymer sample at a frequency higher than the overall chain relaxation rate. The resulting chain orientation led to a new environment in which the initially well-entangled chains managed to disentangle inhomogeneously in space. A layer lacking chain entanglement developed to take the load of the imposed strain. As a result of this nonlinearity, the rest of the sample avoided significant deformation and its chain entanglement remained intact.

Volume

96

First Page

196001