Transport coefficients for rigid spherically symmetric polymers or aggregates

P. Strating, F.W. Wiegel

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In this paper we investigate the transport properties for rigid spherically symmetric macromolecules, having a segment density distribution falling off as r- lambda . We calculate the rotational and translational diffusion coefficient for a spherically symmetric polymer and the shear viscosity for a dilute suspension of these molecules, starting from a continuum description based on the Debye-Brinkman equation. Instead of numerical methods for solving equations we use perturbative methods, especially methods from boundary-layer analysis. The calculations provide simple analytical formulae for the shear viscosity eta , and the translational and rotational diffusion coefficients DT and DR. The results can also be applied to suspensions of other porous objects, such as aggregates of colloidal particles in which D=3- lambda is called the fractal dimension of the aggregate.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)3731-3742
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of physics A: mathematical and general
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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  • IR-61305

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