Structure and rheology of semidilute suspension under shear

J. Bławzdziewicz, Grzegorz Szamel

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We study the structure and viscosity of a semidilute colloidal suspension under stationary shear. For a model hard-sphere suspension with no hydrodynamic interactions we obtain accurate results for the low-density limit of the steady-state structure factor and shear-rate-dependent viscosity coefficients. In contrast with predictions of the earlier theories, we find a nonzero distortion of the structure factor in the plane perpendicular to the flow direction. The observed changes of the structure factor are correlated with shear thinning of the suspension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4632-4636
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1993


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