Stress Relaxation in Linear Polymer Solutions after Stepwise Decrease of Shear Rate

Yoshiaki Takahashi, Yoshinobu Isono, Ichiro Noda, Mitsuru Nagasawa

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Shear stress relaxation in linear polystyrene solutions after a stepwise decrease of shear rate from a value of γ1 to a lower value γ2was observed with an R-17 Weissenberg rheogoniometer. The experimental results in the region of low shear rates agreed well with the theory of linear viscoelasticity. In nonlinear regions, it was found that the initial parts of the relative relaxation curves compose a single line independent of γ2 if γ1is kept constant. The behavior is consistent with that of stress development after a stepwise increase of shear rate, reported previously. It was concluded that the quasi-network structure of polymer solutions has a stability and the structure change occurs with a time lag.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-156
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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