Viscometric properties of poly(dimethylsiloxane) filled with spherical silica particles

Authors

  • T. S. Cantu,

    1. School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
    Current affiliation:
    1. Continental Oil Company, Ponca City, OK 74601
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  • J. M. Caruthers

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
    • School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
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Abstract

The shear viscosity and primary normal stress coefficient were measured for colloidal dispersions of monodisperse silica spheres in poly(dimethylsiloxane). The viscometric properties of the dispersions were a function of the shear rate, particle diameter, and the volume fraction of particles. Dimensional analysis of rheological properties of colloidal dispersions of spherical particles in a second-order fluid was performed, and the experimental data were analyzed in terms of the appropriate dimensionless groups. The reduced shear viscosity of the colloidal dispersions was a function of the volume fraction of particles and the reduced shear stress (or reduced shear rate). The reduced primary normal stress coefficient was a function of the volume fraction of particles, the reduced shear rate, and the Weissenberg number.

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