The Mesoscopic Theory of Polymer Dynamics

The Mesoscopic Theory of Polymer Dynamics

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This monograph contains the fundamentals of the theory and gives a compact and consistent picture of the different relaxation phenomena in very concentrated solutions and melts of linear polymers (diffusion, neutron scattering, viscoelasticity, and optical birefringence) from a macromolecular point of view and without any specific hypotheses. It can be considered as complementary reading to the classic textbook by Doi and Edwards. The original approach taken to the problem allows us to understand why numerous attempts to find the 3.4-index law for the viscosity coefficient of linear polymers in the frame of the reptation-tube model were doomed to fail, and have failed during the last twenty years. It also helps us to derive the proper constitutive relation for polymers of different architecture.The monograph can be used as a textbook for graduate students with some background in physics and mathematics. It could provide material for a one- or two-semester graduate- level course in polymer dynamics.
The monograph presents topics in a self-contained way that makes it a suitable reference book for professional researchers in the fields of rheology, polymer science, polymer engineering, and material science.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 160 x 241.3 x 20.3mm | 521.64g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • 1
  • 0792366824
  • 9780792366829

Table of contents

ToC of the 1st Ed., to be replaced by the 2nd Ed. ToC soon: Preface. Notations and Conventions. 1. Introduction: Macromolecular Systems in Equilibrium. 2. Dynamics of a Macromolecule in a Viscous Liquid. 3. Dynamics of a Macromolecule in an Entangled System. 4. Low-Frequency Modes for Weakly-Coupled Macromolecules. 5. The Localisation Effect. 6. Linear Viscoelasticity. 7. Equations of Relaxation. 8. Relaxation Processes in the Phenomenological Theory. 9. Non-Linear Effects of Viscoelasticity. 10. Optical Anisotropy. Conclusion. Appendices: A. The Random Walk Problem. B. Equilibrium Deformation of a Non-Linear Elastic Body. C. The Tensor of Hydrodynamic Interaction. D. Resistance Force of a Particle in a Viscoelastic Fluid. E. Resistance Coefficient of a Particle in Non-Local Fluid. F. Dynamics of Suspension of Dumbbells. G. Estimation of Some Series. References. Subject Index.
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