We use bead-spring models for a polymer coupled to a solvent described by multiparticle collision dynamics to investigate shear thinning effects in dilute polymer solutions. First, we consider the polymer motion and configuration in a shear flow. For flexible polymer models we find a sharp increase in the polymer radius of gyration and the fluctuations in the radius of gyration at a Weissenberg number approximately 1. We then consider the polymer viscosity and the effect of solvent quality, e...Expand abstract
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Shear thinning in dilute polymer solutions.
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