TITLE

On the Equilibria of the Extended Nematic Polymers under Elongational Flow

AUTHOR(S)
Hong Zhou; Wilson, Lynda; Hongyun Wang
PUB. DATE
January 2007
SOURCE
Abstract & Applied Analysis;2007, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We classify the equilibrium solutions of the Smoluchowski equation for dipolar (extended) rigid nematic polymers under imposed elongational flow. The Smoluchowski equation couples the Maier-Saupe short-range interaction, dipole-dipole interaction, and an external elongational flow. We show that all stable equilibria of rigid, dipolar rod dispersions under imposed uniaxial elongational flow field are axisymmetric. This finding of axisymmetry significantly simplifies any procedure of obtaining experimentally observable equilibria.
ACCESSION #
28138848

 

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