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Quantitative mesoscale modeling of the oscillatory and transient shear rheology and the extensional rheology of pressure sensitive adhesives

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Abstract

The development of novel pressure sensitive adhesives, formed by the drying of a polymer latex emulsion, is hampered by a lack of understanding of the relation between microscopic details and the large-scale rheology. In a previous paper [Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 5036] we introduced a coarse-grained computer simulation model that aims to provide such a link. To reach sufficiently large time and length scales each latex particle is represented by just six degrees of freedom, and transient forces are introduced to capture the effect of slow changes in the degree of chain intermixing and in the number of sticker groups shared between pairs of latex particles. In this paper we show that this model can nearly quantitatively predict the shear and extensional nonlinear rheology by careful tuning of only a few parameters to the linear rheology. We find a complex transient viscosity with multiple inflection points and maxima under shear flow, as well as a strong strain hardening under extensional flow, all in agreement with experimental observations. We investigate the influence of each of the model's parameters on the linear and nonlinear rheology.

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The article was received on 22 Dec 2011, accepted on 08 Jun 2012 and first published on 02 Jul 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07443E
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 7967-7981
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    Quantitative mesoscale modeling of the oscillatory and transient shear rheology and the extensional rheology of pressure sensitive adhesives

    J. T. Padding, L. V. Mohite, D. Auhl, T. Schweizer, W. J. Briels and C. Bailly, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 7967
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07443E

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