The rheology of a diluted emulsion of surfactant-covered spherical drops has been investigated. A diluted film of insoluble surfactant is assumed. A matrix formulation of the problem is derived and analyzed by perturbation expansions for low- and high-shear rates, and for high-viscosity drops; the high-viscosity expansion converges rapidly for a wide range of parameters. Our theory provides a quantitative description of shear thinning and normal stress differences that occur as a result of surfactant redistribution.
|Number of pages||36|
|Journal||Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2000|