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Rheology of particle-loaded semi-dilute polymer solutions

Haleem, B Abdul and Nott, Prabhu R (2009) Rheology of particle-loaded semi-dilute polymer solutions. In: Journal Of Rheology, 53 (2). pp. 383-400.

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We present measurements of the rheology of suspensions of rigid spheres in a semi-dilute polymer solution from experiments of steady and oscillatory shear. For a given value of the shear rate gamma, addition of particles enhances the viscosity and the first normal stress difference but decreases the magnitude of the second normal stress difference. The viscosity eta exhibits a power law variation in gamma for a range of gamma that grows with phi. The first normal stress N-1 is positive and its value grows with phi; it exhibits a clear power law variation for the entire range of gamma that was studied. The second normal stress difference N-2 is negative for the pure polymer solution and much smaller in magnitude than N-1; on addition of particles, its magnitude further decreases, and it appears to change sign at large phi. The behavior of N-1 and N-2 is at odds with the findings of recent studies on particle-loaded dilute polymer solutions and polymer melts. The small-amplitude oscillatory shear experiments show the linear viscoelastic properties, G(') and G('), increasing with phi at a given value of the angular frequency omega. The dynamic viscosity of the suspension differs substantially from its steady shear viscosity, and the difference increases as gamma, omega -> 0.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal Of Rheology
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Institute of Physics.
Keywords: polymer solutions;rheology;suspensions;viscosity
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2009 08:11
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2010 09:05
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/19471

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