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Shear-Induced Migration of Rigid Particles near an Interface between a Newtonian and a Viscoelastic Fluid

Simulations of rigid particles suspended in two-phase shear flow are presented, where one of the suspending fluids is viscoelastic, whereas the other is Newtonian. The Cahn–Hilliard diffuse-interface model is employed for the fluid–fluid interface, which can naturally describe the interactions between the particle and the interface (e.g., particle adsorption). It is shown that particles can migrate across streamlines of the base flow, which is due to the surface tension of the fluid–fluid interface and a difference in normal stresses between the two fluids. The particle is initially located in the viscoelastic fluid, and its migration is investigated in terms of the Weissenberg number Wi (shear rate times relaxation time) and capillary number Ca (viscous stress over capillary stress). Four regimes of particle migration are observed, which can roughly be described by migration away from the interface for Wi = 0, halted migration toward the interface for low Wi and low Ca, particle adsorption at the interfa...

Authors:   Nick. O. Jaensson; Christos Mitrias; Martien A. Hulsen; Patrick D. Anderson
Journal:   Langmuir
Year:   2018
DOI:   10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b03482
Publication date:   17-Jan-2018
Facts, background information, dossiers
  • shear flow
  • relaxation
  • interactions
  • adsorption
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