Soft glassy materials with tunable extensibility

Samya Sen, Rubens R. Fernandes, Randy H. Ewoldt

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Extensibility is beyond the paradigm of classical soft glassy materials, and more broadly, yield-stress fluids. Recently, model yield-stress fluids with significant extensibility have been designed by adding polymeric phases to classically viscoplastic dispersions [Nelson et al., J. Rheol., 2018, 62, 357; Nelson et al., Curr. Opin. Solid State Mater. Sci., 2019, 23, 100758; Dekker et al., J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mech., 2022, 310, 104938]. However, fundamental questions remain about the design of and coupling between the shear and extensional rheology of such systems. In this work, we propose a model material, a mixture of soft glassy microgels and solutions of high molecular weight linear polymers. We establish systematic criteria for the design and thorough rheological characterization of such systems, in both shear and extension. Using our material, we show that it is possible to dramatically change the behavior in extension with minimal change in the shear yield stress and elastic modulus, thus enabling applications that exploit orthogonal modulation of shear and extensional material properties.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-223
Number of pages12
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number1
Early online dateNov 30 2023
StatePublished - Nov 30 2023


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