Brownian Motion Simulation of Chain Pullout: Modeling Fracture in Polymer Blends

  • Galen T. Pickett
  • David Jasnow
  • Anna C. Balazs

Abstract

We use Brownian dynamics to model the fracture of a polymer/polymer interface reinforced by “connector” chains [1]. The connectors weave back and forth across the boundary, forming single (diblock copolymer) or multiple “stitches” (random copolymer). We calculate the work to fracture this interface as a function of connector architecture and conformation, and find that multi-stitch connectors dramatically improve the interfacial strength. We rationalize this with scaling arguments, and discuss recent experiments. The conclusions provide guidelines for synthesizing connectors for high-strength composites.

Keywords

Diblock Copolymer Random Copolymer Interfacial Strength Brownian Dynamic Matrix Chain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Galen T. Pickett
    • 1
  • David Jasnow
    • 2
  • Anna C. Balazs
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Petroleum EngineeringThe University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Astronomy and PhysicsThe University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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