Title: A double wall-ring geometry for interfacial shear rheometry
Authors: Vandebril, Steven ×
Franck, Aly
Fuller, Gerald G
Moldenaers, Paula
Vermant, Jan #
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Rheologica acta vol:49 issue:2 pages:131-144
Abstract: The rheological properties of complex fluid interfaces are of prime importance in a number of technological and biological applications. Whereas several methods have been proposed to measure the surface rheological properties, it remains an intrinsically challenging problem due to the small forces and torques involved and due to the intricate coupling between interfacial and bulk flows. In the present work, a double wall-ring geometry to measure the viscoelastic properties of interfaces in shear flows is presented. The geometry can be used in combination with a modern rotational rheometer. A numerical analysis of the flow field as a function of the surface viscoelastic properties is presented to evaluate the non-linearities in the surface velocity profile at a low Boussinesq number. The sensitivity of the geometry, as well as its applicability, are demonstrated using some reference Newtonian and viscoelastic fluids. Oscillatory and steady shear measurements on these reference complex fluid interfaces demonstrate the intrinsic sensitivity, the accuracy, and the dynamic range of the geometry when used in combination with a sensitive rheometer.
ISSN: 0035-4511
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Soft Matter, Rheology and Technology Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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