Examining the validity of strain-rate frequency superposition when measuring the linear viscoelastic properties of soft materials

Brian M. Erwin, Simon A. Rogers, Michel Cloitre, Dimitris Vlassopoulos

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Abstract

A strain-rate frequency superposition (SRFS) technique, recently proposed to analyze the low-frequency behavior of soft materials, is evaluated. The application of SRFS to an emulsion and multiarm star polymer solution produces master curves that, while promising in appearance, do not match the anticipated linear response as they seem inconsistent with dynamic frequency sweep data and the Kramers-Kronig relation. While the raw unscaled frequency sweep data are well described using the generalized Maxwell model, strong discrepancies appear when the same procedure is applied to SRFS data. These inconsistencies appear to be generic and are observed in other materials as well. An examination of Lissajous curves obtained from large amplitude oscillatory strain shows that nonlinear contributions, such as solvent-mediated convective flow, strongly affect SRFS master curves. Based on these findings, SRFS should be approached with caution when applied to soft materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Rheology
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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