Nonlinear Rheology of Colloidal Suspensions

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Nonlinear Rheology of Colloidal Suspensions

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 17th December 2007
  • Speaker: Oliver Henrich (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

Recently, an extension of Mode Coupling Theory (MCT) to systems under steady shearing was developed that unites the fields of rheology and glass transition for supercooled liquids. Central to the first-principle approach are generalized Green-Kubo relations that contain the complete transient time evolution of the system. In detail, the theory predicts shear thinning, yielding of colloidal glasses, a speed up of structural relaxation under shear and a dependence of the microstructure on the shear rate as a result of shear advected density fluctuations. After a brief introduction to the framework I will present this time some first results of the full microscopic approach in plain Couette flow for a hard disc fluid, including density correlation functions, shear moduli, stresses and viscosity, and the distortion of the static structure in simple shear flow.

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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