Faraday instability in complex fluids

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Faraday instability in complex fluids

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 15th January 2007
  • Speaker: Pierre Ballesta (University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

Since Faraday’s founding work in 1831, it is known that the surface of a vertically vibrated fluid layer undergoes the Faraday instability when the forcing acceleration is greater than some critical value. Surface waves appear at the surface and form geometrical patterns characterised by a critical wavelength. We focus on the behaviour in complex fluids to such a hydrodynamic instability. We show that a strong coupling between the instability and the fluid microstructure may occur depending on the complex fluid. In semi-dilute wormlike micelles solutions, this coupling gives rise to standing elastic waves. In dilute wormlike micelles solutions, a shear-thickening phenomenon may be induced by the surface waves. And in suspensions of rod-like colloids localised alignment takes place.

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..

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