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Acoustic rheometer

Acoustic rheometer employes piezo-electric crystal that can easily launch a successive wave of extensions and contractions into the fluid. It applies an oscillating extensional stress to the system. System response can be interpreted in terms of extensional rheology

This interpretation is based on a link between shear rheology, extensional rheology and acoustics. Relatinship between these scietific disciplines was described in details by Litovitz and Davis in 1964 [1].

It is well known that properties of viscoelastic fluid are characterised in shear rheology with a shear modulus G, which links shear stress Tij and shear strain Sij

{T_{ij} = G \cdot S _{ij}}

There is similar linear relationship in extensional rheology between extensional stress P, extensional strain S and extensional modulus K:

{P = - K \cdot S}

Detail theoretical analysis indicates that propagation of sound or ultrasound through a viscoelastic fluid depends on both shear modulus G and extensional modulus K[2], [3]. It is convinient to introduce a combined longitudinal modulus M:

M =M' + M''=K + \frac{4}{3}G

There are simple equations that express longitudinal modulus in terms of acoustic properties, sound speed V and attenuation α

M'= \rho \cdot V^2
M''= \frac{2 \rho \alpha V^3}{\omega}

Acoustic rheometer measures sound speed and attenuation of ultrasound for a set of frequencies in Mhz range. These measurable parameters can be converted into real and imaginary components of longitudinal modulus.

Sound speed determines M', which is a measure of system elasticity. It can be converted into fluid compressibility.
Attenuation determines M", which is a measure of viscous properties, energy dissipation. This parameter can be considered as extensional viscosity
In the case of Newtonian liquid attenuation yields information on the volume viscosity. Stokes' law (sound attenuation) provides relatuionship between attenuation, dynamic viscosity and volume viscosity of the Newtonian fluid.

This type of rheometers works at much higher frequencies than others. It is suitable for studying effects with much shorter relaxation times than any other rheometer.


  1. ^ Litovitz, T.A. and Davis, C.M. In "Physical Acoustics", Ed. W.P.Mason, vol. 2, chapter 5, Academic Press, NY, (1964)
  2. ^ Morse, P.M. and Ingard, K.U. "Theoretical Acoustics", Princeton University Press(1986)
  3. ^ Dukhin, A.S. and Goetz, P.J. "Ultrasound for characterizing colloids", Elsevier, (2002)

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