Microscopic theory of rubber elasticity

Folusho T. Oyerokun, Kenneth S. Schweizer

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A microscopic theory of rubber elasticity in polymer liquids and networks was developed. The theory predicts strain induced softening, and a nonclassical intermolecular contribution to the linear modulus. Quantitative comparison of the theory with experiments on polydimethylsiloxane networks were also performed. The theory is generalizable to treat the structure, thermodynamics and mechanical response of nematic elastomers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9359-9370
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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