"Investigation of relaxation proerties of polymer melts by comparison of relaxation time spectra calculated with different algorithms"
, in Rheologica Acta, Vol. 36, Seite(n) 36.667 - 676, 1997, ISSN: 1435-1528
Investigation of relaxation proerties of polymer melts by comparison of relaxation time spectra calculated with different algorithms
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In this paper a recently introduced algorithm (Brabec and Schausberger, 1995) for the calculation of relaxation time spectra is compared with two standard methods, i.e., Weese's regularization, and Baumgaertel's and Winter's regression algorthm. A reasonable agreement between those three algorthms is found for the relaxation prperties of mono, polydisperse, bi-, and multimodal polystyrene samples. All three numerical methods rproduce the relaxation properties for long and medium time correctly, but they show some disagreement at short times because of sparse experimental data. The high numerical accuracy opens the possibility to test and improve the physical models which unterlie the calculations. The good agreement of the different algorthms suggests that small inconsistencies to physical models are not due to a failure of the numerical methods, but due to an insufficiency of the generalized maxwell model.