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3D Simulations and Experimental Validation Using the Molecular Strain Function Model With Convective Constraint Release

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P. Olley, T. Gough, P. D. Coates

University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

Paper No. IMECE2008-68718, pp. 201-204; 4 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B, and C
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4871-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The Molecular Strain Function model with Convective Constraint Release has been demonstrated by Wagner to fit elongational and shear viscosities, and First and Second Normal stress differences for a variety of polymer melts, when used with a Convective Constraint Release mechanism [J. Rheol. 45 (2001), 1387]. A modification to the CCR mechanism was shown to give more accurate representation of corner vortices in an abrupt contraction flow [JNNFM 135 (2006), 68] for both planar and axisymmetric contraction flows. It is highly desirable to assess the model against 3D flows. A primary advantage of 3D simulation in assessing a constitutive model is that, experimentally, it is very difficult to produce truly 2D data; the side walls of a finite die affect stress birefringence measurements (since this is a ‘line of sight’ cumulative measurement), and also induce significant 3D motion into the flow. The existing 2-dimensional code has been extended to fully 3-dimensional flows using 27-node ‘brick’ elements, and using a number of developments to deal with tracking and storage problems inherent in 3D time-integral solution. The 3D code is assessed against known 2-dimensional solutions to verify its accuracy; the constitutive model is then assessed against experimental data for a 4:1 contraction ratio die, which has finite width (5:3 depth to inlet height), inducing 3D effects. Stress birefringence, vortex size, and cross-sectional flow rate data at a number of flow rates are compared. The model is shown to give good accuracy against this flow.

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