Start-up inertia as an origin for heterogeneous flow

Marko Korhonen, Mikael Mohtaschemi, Antti Puisto, Xavier Illa Tortos, Mikko J. Alava

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For quite some time nonmonotonic flow curve was thought to be a requirement for shear banded flows in complex fluids. Thus, in simple yield stress fluids shear banding was considered to be absent. Recent spatially resolved rheological experiments have found simple yield stress fluids to exhibit shear banded flow profiles. One proposed mechanism for the initiation of such transient shear banding process has been a small stress heterogeneity rising from the experimental device geometry. Here, using computational fluid dynamics methods, we show that transient shear banding can be initialized even under homogeneous stress conditions by the fluid start-up inertia, and that such mechanism indeed is present in realistic experimental conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022608
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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