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Flow driven dynamics of sheared flowing polymer-particulate nanocomposites

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  • We study orientational dynamics in sheared polymer-particulate nanocomposites (PNCs) using an approximate tensor model derived from the kinetic theory for flows of PNCs in the weak semiflexible regime. We focus on dynamics induced by shear and enhanced by the interaction between the nanoparticles and the host polymer matrix in a set of selected model parameters, highlighting solution behavior and bifurcations in the semidilute regime of PNCs. We witness the existence of logrolling states, out-of-plane steady states, kayaking and chaotic motions, and flow-aligning steady states of nanoparticle ensembles and corresponding steady states, time-periodic fluttering and chaotic motions in the host polymer matrix in various ranges of shear rates and selected model parameters. A striking feature observed in the polymer matrix is its collective orientational order follows a master curve as the shear rate varies despite that the nanoparticle ensemble experiences a variety of states and motions with widely varying local nematic order.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 37A60, 35Q35; Secondary: 34K18.


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