Rheology and Morphology of Confined Fluids Containing Deformable Particles
Reologie en morfologie van begrensde vloeistoffen met vervormbare deeltjes
Jofore, Bruke Daniel; S0206327
The aim of this PhD work is to investigate the effect of geometrical confinement on the flow behavior and morphology of complex fluids containing deformable particles. The characteristic length scale of these microstructured fluids is ofnbsp;same order as the flow geometry. The unique capabilities of the newly developed microgap rheometer will be utilized in confinement gaps ranging from 1- 150mu;m to study the structure-property relationships of confined fluids containing model deformable particles. nbsp;study focuses on the investigation of flow of model complex fluids containing deformable particles which are found in cosmetics,nbsp;and pharmaceutical industries and in biological systems such as the flow of red blood cells (RBC) in the circulatory system. It is aimed at providing an insight into the effect of confinement andnbsp;deformability in the dynamics of complex fluid flows and utilize these experimental observations in the development of new theoretical/empirical models and scaling arguments for micro-scale flow phenomena.