Non-linear dynamics of spinodal decomposition in multi-component polymer systems. I. General approach

Ekaterina Prostomolotova 1
  • 1 Faculty of Physics, Moscow State University, 119992, Moscow, Russia


Spinodal decomposition of multi-component systems is analyzed within the framework of a new approach focusing on the description of this dynamic process in terms of the Langevin equation for the one-time structure factor S(q, t) treated as an independent dynamic object. We apply this approach, in particular, to multi-component incompressible polymer systems (binary polymer solutions, ternary polymer blends etc.). The dynamic equation describing the simultaneous relaxation of both the order parameters (component concentrations) and the matrix of the component-component dynamic correlation functions ∥S ij(q, t)∥, including the explicit expression for the corresponding effective kinetic coefficients, is derived.

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