Rheologica Acta

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 327–338 | Cite as

Linear viscoelastic behavior of bidisperse polystyrene blends: experiments and slip-link predictions

  • Maria Katzarova
  • Teresita Kashyap
  • Jay D. Schieber
  • David C. Venerus
Original Contribution


The linear viscoelastic behavior of three well-entangled linear monodisperse polystyrene melts and their blends is investigated. The monodisperse melts are blended in a 1:1 weight ratio to obtain three polystyrene bidisperse blends for which the linear viscoelastic behavior is also measured. Special attention is paid to controlling sample size and solvent content, and checking for consistency in the high-frequency regime. We also attempt to estimate uncertainty quantitatively. The experimental results agree well with the discrete slip-link model, a robust mesoscopic theory that has been successful in predicting the rheology of flexible entangled polymer liquids and gels. Using recently developed analytic expressions for the relaxation modulus, predictions of the monodisperse samples are made. The parameters for the model are obtained from the low-frequency crossover of one experiment. Using this parameter set without adjustment, predictions over the fully accessible experimental frequency range are obtained for the monodisperse samples and their blends with very good agreement.


Polymer blend Stochastic simulation Polystyrene Dynamic moduli 



Professor DCV would like to acknowledge the financial support provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant CBET-1236576) and Professor JDS gratefully thanks the Army Research Office (Grants W911NF-08-2-0058 and W911NF-09-2-0071) and the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant CBET-1336442).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Katzarova
    • 1
  • Teresita Kashyap
    • 1
  • Jay D. Schieber
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • David C. Venerus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Center for Molecular Study of Condensed Soft MatterIllinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsIllinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Applied MathematicsIllinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA

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