Molecular dynamics simulations for resolving scaling laws of polyethylene melts

Kazuaki Z. Takahashi, Ryuto Nishimura, Kenji Yasuoka, Yuichi Masubuchi

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Long-timescale molecular dynamics simulations were performed to estimate the actual physical nature of a united-atom model of polyethylene (PE). Several scaling laws for representative polymer properties are compared to theoretical predictions. Internal structure results indicate a clear departure from theoretical predictions that assume ideal chain statics. Chain motion deviates from predictions that assume ideal motion of short chains. With regard to linear viscoelasticity, the presence or absence of entanglements strongly affects the duration of the theoretical behavior. Overall, the results indicate that Gaussian statics and dynamics are not necessarily established for real atomistic models of PE. Moreover, the actual physical nature should be carefully considered when using atomistic models for applications that expect typical polymer behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Polymer melts
  • Scaling law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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