Nonequilibrium Brownian Dynamics Simulations of Shear Thinning in Concentrated Colloidal Suspensions
The effect of interparticle forces on shear thinning in concentrated aqueous and nonaqueous colloidal suspensions was studied using nonequilibrium Brownian dynamics. Hydrodynamic interactions among particles were neglected. Systems of 108 particles were studied at volume fractions φ of 0.2 and 0.4. For the nonaqueous systems, shear thinning could be correlated with the gradual breakup of small flocs present because of the weak, attractive secondary minimum in the interparticle potential. At the highest shear rate for φ=0.4, the particles were organized into a hexagonally packed array of strings. For the strongly repulsive aqueous systems, the viscosity appeared to be a discontinuous function of the shear rate. For φ=0.4, this discontinuity coincided with a transition from a disordered state to a lamellar structure for the suspension.
G. Wilemski, "Nonequilibrium Brownian Dynamics Simulations of Shear Thinning in Concentrated Colloidal Suspensions," Journal of Statistical Physics, vol. 62, no. 5-6, pp. 1239-1253, Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers, Mar 1991.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF01128185
Keywords and Phrases
Brownian dynamics; Colloidal suspensions; shear thinning; viscosity
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