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08 Novembre 2017 Brice SAINT MICHEL

« Dynamics of a shear-thickening suspension under imposed stress "

Brice Saint Michel de l’ Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

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Résumé :

Discontinuous shear-thickening (DST) fluid are highly concentrated suspensions of particles which, for
increasing applied shear stresses, exhibit – on average – a shear rate plateau. The flowing properties of
such materials are of critical importance, e.g. for concrete pumping and placement in the construction

For fifty years, no model or simulation could successfully reproduce the strong thickening observed
until the recent emergence of frictional suspension dynamics models [1-3]. Such models state that
rough particles may experience solid friction with each other under sufficient compression, which
decreases the maximum particle packing fraction [3], and results in a global increase of the fluid
viscosity [4]. In real life applications, however shear-thickening is also associated with particle
migration when stresses are slightly non-uniform, because it induces a strong shear localization and a
sharp viscosity increase [5], which may shadow the microscopic frictional transition previously

We decide to investigate the relevance of such scenarii for cornstarch suspensions stirred in a small-gap
(2mm) Couette rheometer. We investigate the global dynamics of the suspension under an imposed
shear stress using standard rheology measurements. In addition, we probe the local response of our
suspensions using an original ultrasound apparatus, which allows us to measure critical quantities such
as instantaneous wall slip and shear profiles. We will try to confront our data with the models
previously described.

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[2] F.Boyer, É. Guazzelli and O. Pouliquen,Phys. Rev. Lett.(2011).
[3] R. Seto, R. Mari, J. Morris and M. Denn,Phys. Rev. Lett.(2013).
[4] I. Krieger and T. Dougherty,Trans Soc. Rheol.(1959).
[5] A. Fall, F. Bertrand, D. Hautemayou, C. Mezière, P. Moucheront, A. Lemaître and G. Ovarlez,
Phys. Rev. Lett.(2015).

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