Conformational and rheological properties of semiflexible polymers in shear flow.

@article{Winkler2010ConformationalAR,
  title={Conformational and rheological properties of semiflexible polymers in shear flow.},
  author={Roland G. Winkler},
  journal={The Journal of chemical physics},
  year={2010},
  volume={133 16},
  pages={164905}
}
A theoretical description is provided for the nonequilibrium conformational and dynamical properties of a polymer in shear flow. Using a mean-field semiflexible chain model, which accounts for hydrodynamic interactions within the preaveraging approximation, analytical expressions are derived for the dependence of the deformation, orientation, and relaxation times on polymer persistence length and shear rate. Moreover, the rheological properties of a dilute polymer solution are discussed. The… CONTINUE READING