Pressure driven flow of polymer solutions in nanoscale slit pores


Polymer solutions subject to pressure driven flow and in nanoscale slit pores are systematically investigated using the dissipative particle dynamics approach. The authors investigated the effect of molecular weight, polymer concentration, and flow rate on the profiles across the channel of the fluid and polymer velocities, polymer density, and the three components of the polymers radius of gyration. They found that the mean streaming fluid velocity decreases as the polymer molecular weight and/or polymer concentration is increased, and that the deviation of the velocity profile from the parabolic profile is accentuated with increase in polymer molecular weight or concentration. They also found that the distribution of polymers conformation is highly anisotropic and nonuniform across the channel. The polymer density profile is also found to be nonuniform, exhibiting a local minimum in the center plane followed by two symmetric peaks. They found a migration of the polymer chains either from or toward the walls. For relatively long chains, as compared to the thickness of the slit, a migration toward the walls is observed. However, for relatively short chains, a migration away from the walls is observed. © 2007 American Institute of Physics.

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Journal of Chemical Physics