Shear banding and rheochaos in associative polymer networks

J.H.B. Sprakel, E. Spruijt, M.A. Cohen Stuart, N.A.M. Besseling, M.P. Lettinga, J. van der Gucht

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    We present experimental evidence of an instability in the shear flow of transient networks formed by telechelic associative polymers. Velocimetry experiments show the formation of shear bands, following a complex pattern upon increasing the overall shear rate. The chaotic nature of the stress response in transient flow is indicative of spatiotemporal fluctuations of the banded structure. This is supported by time-resolved velocimetry measurements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1696-1705
    JournalSoft Matter
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • cross-linked networks
    • viscoelastic properties
    • micellar-solutions
    • aqueous-solutions
    • rheology
    • behavior
    • systems
    • flows
    • transition
    • simulation

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