Theory for drop deformation in viscoelastic systems

Wei Yu, Mosto Bousmina, Chixing Zhou, Charles L. Tucker

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The deformation of a viscoelastic drop suspended in a homogeneous viscoelastic matrix is investigated. The drop and the matrix fluids are assumed to obey linear viscoelastic constitutive equations. Small-deformation analysis is carried out on the basis of the general solution for creeping flow around a spherical drop. The corresponding stress is calculated by extending Batchelor's approach to viscoelastic media for both small and large deformations. Good agreement was found between the model predictions and experimental results available in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-438
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Rheology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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