Two-stage athermal solidification of semiflexible polymers and fibers

JD Dietz and RS Hoy, SOFT MATTER, 16, 6206-6217 (2020).

DOI: 10.1039/d0sm00754d

We study how solidification of model freely rotating polymers under athermal quasistatic compression varies with their bond angle theta(0). All systems undergo two discrete, first-order-like transitions: entanglement at phi=phi(E)(theta(0)) followed by jamming at phi=phi(J)(theta(0)) similar or equal to (4/3 +/- 1/12)phi(E)(theta(0)). For phi

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