REVIEW ARTICLES: Micromechanical Models for Complex Fluids

Shear-Induced Size Segregation Phenomena in Bidisperse Suspensions

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Gokul P. Krishnan, David T. Leighton

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN 46556

Appl. Mech. Rev 47(6S), S236-S239 (Jun 01, 1994) doi:10.1115/1.3124414 History: Online April 29, 2009


The behavior of tracer particles in a concentrated suspension of non-colloidal spheres sheared in a parallel plate viscometer at low Reynolds number was investigated. The tracer particles were shown to migrate radially, with the tracer particles larger than those making up the suspension migrating radially outward. The migration velocity of the large tracer particles was measured, and found to be consistent with a shear-induced migration scaling (Leighton and Acrivos, 1987b), however the direction of the migration was the reverse of that suggested by the experiments of Abbot, et al. (1991) in a wide gap Couette device. The particle migration and segregation described here are interpreted in terms of the curvature of the flow geometry.

Copyright © 1994 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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