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Shear-induced enhancement of self-diffusion in interacting colloidal suspensions

Indrani, AV and Ramaswamy, Sriram (1995) Shear-induced enhancement of self-diffusion in interacting colloidal suspensions. In: Physical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics, 52 (6). pp. 6492-6496.

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We set up the generalized Langevin equations describing coupled single-particle and collective motion in a suspension of interacting colloidal particles in a shear how and use these to show that the measured self-diffusion coefficients in these systems should be strongly dependent on shear rate epsilon. Three regimes are found: (i) an initial const+epsilon(.2), followed by (ii) a large regime of epsilon(.1/2) behavior, crossing over to an asymptotic power-law approach (iii) D-o - const x epsilon(.-1/2) to the Stokes-Einstein value D-o. The shear dependence is isotropic up to very large shear rates and increases with the interparticle interaction strength. Our results provide a straightforward explanation of recent experiments and simulations on sheared colloids.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to The American Physical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Theoretical Studies (Ceased to exist at the end of 2003)
Depositing User: Ms V Mangala
Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 09:39
Last Modified: 26 May 2011 09:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/37893

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