Slip of glassy hard-sphere colloidal suspensions

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Slip of glassy hard-sphere colloidal suspensions

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 11th February 2008
  • Speaker: Pierre Ballesta (University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

Using a novel combination of confocal microscopy in a cone-plate rheometer, we image the slip and flow of dense colloidal hard-sphere suspensions along smooth walls. Above the glass transition, the global rheology exhibits a crossover from Bingham-like slip behavior at small applied shear rates to a Herschel-Bulkley response at large rate. Imaging shows that the slip to shear transition is strongly position dependent and a simple phenomenological model captures both the local and global rheology.

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