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Title: Stress relaxation after steady shear flow in immiscible model polymer blends
Authors: Jansseune, T ×
Moldenaers, Paula
Mewis, Joannes #
Issue Date: Dec-2004
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Rheologica acta vol:43 issue:6 pages:592-601
Abstract: Stress relaxation in immiscible blends is studied for a well defined shear history, i.e. after prolonged steady state shearing. Model systems are used that consist of quasi-Newtonian liquid polymers. Hence the relaxation is dominated by changes in the morphology of the interface. Both shear stress and the first normal stress are considered. The measurements cover the entire concentration range. For dilute blends the interfacial contribution to the stress relaxation compares well with model predictions. Deviations occur when the matrix phase is slightly elastic. In that case the similarity between the relaxation of shear and normal stresses is also lost. The latter is attributed to a wider drop size distribution. Increasing the concentration of the disperse phase results in a complex evolution of the characteristic relaxation times. The normal stresses relax systematically slower than the shear stresses and the concentration curve includes two maxima. Even for equiviscous components the concentration curves are not symmetrical. It is concluded that even a slight degree of elasticity in the matrix phase drastically affects the morphology and the interfacial relaxation of such blends.
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ISSN: 0035-4511
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Soft Matter, Rheology and Technology Section
Chemical Engineering - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
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