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Polymers 2018, 10(8), 926;

Hydrodynamic Shear Effects on Grafted and Non-Grafted Collapsed Polymers

Department of Physics, Freie Universität Berlin, 14195 Berlin, Germany
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Received: 11 July 2018 / Revised: 8 August 2018 / Accepted: 9 August 2018 / Published: 18 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymer Dynamics)
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We study collapsed homo-polymeric molecules under linear shear flow conditions using hydrodynamic Brownian dynamics simulations. Tensile force profiles and the shear-rate-dependent globular-coil transition for grafted and non-grafted chains are investigated to shine light on the different unfolding mechanisms. The scaling of the critical shear rate, at which the globular-coil transition takes place, with the monomer number is inverse for the grafted and non-grafted scenarios. This implicates that for the grafted scenario, larger chains have a decreased critical shear rate, while for the non-grafted scenario higher shear rates are needed in order to unfold larger chains. Protrusions govern the unfolding transition of non-grafted polymers, while for grafted polymers, the maximal tension appears at the grafted end. View Full-Text
Keywords: shear flow; Brownian dynamics simulation; hydrodynamic interactions; von Willebrand factor shear flow; Brownian dynamics simulation; hydrodynamic interactions; von Willebrand factor

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Schwarzl, R.; Netz, R.R. Hydrodynamic Shear Effects on Grafted and Non-Grafted Collapsed Polymers. Polymers 2018, 10, 926.

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