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- Gusev, Andrei A.
- Macromolecules 2019 v.52 no.9 pp. 3244-3251
- algorithms; computers; entropy; homogenization; mechanics; microstructure; models; modulus of elasticity; network theory; polymers; prediction; topology
- ... A general elastic-thread homogenization procedure is introduced and then used to obtain direct numerical estimates of the shear modulus of Gaussian polymer networks on the basis of their representative 3D periodic microstructures. A force relaxation algorithm is employed to find equilibrium positions of the network junctions. It is shown that from a statistical mechanics perspective, this numerica ...