Kinetic theory and rheology of dilute polymer solutions

  • R. Byron Bird
  • Ole Hassager
  • Robert C. Armstrong


Treatises on transport phenomena and kinetic theory have given the molecular theory for the transport properties of simple gases and liquids, but have ignored the extensive literature on polymer solutions. Much of this literature is based on the configuration-space theory developed through the years and summarized and exploited by Kirkwood and his collaborators (1). Most of the kinetic theory workers, however, have not been interested in obtaining the expression for the stress tensor for use in solving flow problems, nor in obtaining relations among the results of various rheological experiments. It is to these topics that this short note is addressed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Byron Bird
    • 1
  • Ole Hassager
    • 1
  • Robert C. Armstrong
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering Dept.University of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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