Dynamics in entangled polyethylene melts

KM Salerno and A Agrawal and BL Peters and D Perahia and GS Grest, EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL-SPECIAL TOPICS, 225, 1707-1722 (2016).

DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2016-60142-7

Polymer dynamics creates distinctive viscoelastic behavior as a result of a coupled interplay of motion at the atomic length scale and motion of the entire macromolecule. Capturing the broad time and length scales of polymeric motion however, remains a challenge. Using linear polyethylene as a model system, we probe the effects of the degree of coarse graining on polymer dynamics. Coarse-grained (CG) potentials are derived using iterative Boltzmann inversion with. methylene groups per CG bead (denoted CG.) with lambda = 2, 3,4 and 6 from a fully-atomistic polyethylene melt simulation. By rescaling time in the CG models by a factor a, the chain mobility for the atomistic and CG models match. We show that independent of the degree of coarse graining, all measured static and dynamic properties are essentially the same once the dynamic scaling factor a and a non-crossing constraint for the CG6 model are included. The speedup of the CG4 model is about 3 times that of the CG3 model and is comparable to that of the CG6 model. Using these CG models we were able to reach times of over 500 mu s, allowing us to measure a number of quantities, including the stress relaxation function, plateau modulus and shear viscosity, and compare directly to experiment.

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