Equibiaxial elongation of entangled polyisobutylene melts: Experiments and theoretical predictions

Seyed Mahmoud Arzideh, Andrés Córdoba, Jeffrey G. Ethier, Jay D. Schieber, David C. Venerus

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Equibiaxial elongational deformations are omnipresent in polymer processing technologies. The challenge of generating well-controlled equibiaxial elongational deformations in the laboratory has, however, severely inhibited progress on understanding the rheology of polymeric liquids and other complex fluids in this flow. More recently, a novel technique known as continuous lubricated squeezing flow has been developed that allows for rheological measurements in equibiaxial elongational deformations. In the present study, we examine the rheological behavior of two entangled polyisobutylene (PIB) melts with different molecular weight distributions in constant strain rate equibiaxial elongation flows. These new data are compared with predictions from two molecular models for entangled polymer melts inspired by the idea that entanglements dominate the relaxation dynamics. One model is the discrete slip-link model (DSM), and the other is known as the Rolie Double Poly (RDP) model. For the PIB with a relatively narrow molecular weight distribution, the predictions of both models are in good agreement with experiments and the DSM gives nearly quantitative agreement. For the broad molecular weight distribution PIB, both the DSM and RDP model predict strain hardening, which is not observed in the experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-353
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Rheology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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