Torralba, M and Castrejón-Pita, AA and Hernández, G and Huelsz, G and del Río, JA and Ortín, J (2007) *Instabilities in the oscillatory flow of a complex fluid.* Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys, 75. 056307-. ISSN 1539-3755

## Abstract

The dynamics of a fluid in a vertical tube, subjected to an oscillatory pressure gradient, is studied experimentally for both a Newtonian and a viscoelastic shear-thinning fluid. Particle image velocimetry is used to determine the two-dimensional velocity fields in the vertical plane of the tube axis, in a range of driving amplitudes from 0.8 to 2.5 mm and of driving frequencies from 2.0 to 11.5 Hz. The Newtonian fluid exhibits a laminar flow regime, independent of the axial position, in the whole range of drivings. For the complex fluid, instead, the parallel shear flow regime exhibited at low amplitudes [Torralba, Phys. Rev. E 72, 016308 (2005)] becomes unstable at higher drivings against the formation of symmetric vortices, equally spaced along the tube. At even higher drivings the vortex structure itself becomes unstable, and complex nonsymmetric structures develop. Given that inertial effects remain negligible even at the hardest drivings (Re < 10(-1)), it is the complex rheology of the fluid that is responsible for the instabilities observed. The system studied represents an interesting example of the development of shear-induced instabilities in nonlinear complex fluids in purely parallel shear flow.

Item Type: | Article |
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Subjects: | UNSPECIFIED |

Divisions: | Div E > Production Processes |

Depositing User: | Unnamed user with email sms67@cam.ac.uk |

Date Deposited: | 15 Dec 2015 13:02 |

Last Modified: | 06 May 2016 00:40 |

DOI: | 10.1103/PhysRevE.75.056307 |