Tunable shear thickening in suspensions

  title={Tunable shear thickening in suspensions},
  author={Neil Y.C. Lin and Christopher Ness and Michael E. Cates and Jin Sun and Itai Cohen},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={10774 - 10778}
Significance When a concentrated suspension is strained, its viscosity can increase radically. This behavior, known as shear thickening, can be very useful to technological applications or highly problematic in industrial processes. Suspension flow properties are typically specified at the formulation stage, meaning that they are fixed in advance rather than controlled in situ during application. Here, we report a biaxial shear strategy eradicating the flow-induced structures responsible for… 

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