The School of Mathematics is proud to celebrate the publication of Professor Daniel Read's book: "Structure and Rheology of Molten Polymers: From Structure to Flow Behavior and Back Again (2nd Edition)"
This book is the second edition of the highly regarded original publication by Prof. John Dealy and Prof. Ronald Larson. Due to his recent research, Prof. Read was invited to co-author and extensively revise the book for the new edition. It comes at a time where recent advances in polymer science have made it possible to relate quantitatively molecular structure to rheological behaviour. At the same time, new methods of synthesis and characterization allow the preparation and structural verification of samples having a range of branched polymeric structures. This book unites this knowledge to enable production of polymers with prescribed processability and end-product properties.
Methods of polymer synthesis and characterization are described, starting from fundamentals. The foundations of linear viscoelasticity are introduced, and then the linear behaviour of entangled polymers is described in detail. This is followed by a discussion of the molecular modelling of linear behaviour. Tube models for both linear and branched polymers are presented. The final two chapters deal with nonlinear rheological behaviour and tube models to describe nonlinearity.