The statistical mechanics of a confined polymer is presented. The calculations of the tube diameter and plateau modulus were based on two very different and complemetary descriptions of the interactions between a chain and its surroundings in an entangled polymer network. The binary collision approximation attempted to describe the motion of a test chain in a partially frozen environment where the surrounding chains are confined to static tubes and based upon a treatment of the nearby chain interactions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2835202|
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Issue number||3 I|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2001|