Computer Tests of Rubber Elasticity
In spite of its long history, the molecular theory of rubber elasticity is not yet in a definitive form. It is difficult to test the validity of the assumptions which are made in different versions of the theory by direct comparison with experiment because it is difficult both to characterize completely the material involved and to focus on the role of only a single aspect of the theory. The computer simulation of idealized atomistic models provides an alternate approach and an example which focuses on the role of excluded volume in rubber elasticity is described.
KeywordsEntropy Rubber Macromolecule
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