Concentration dependence of the low-shear viscosity of suspensions of hard-sphere colloids

SP Meeker*, WCK Poon, PN Pusey

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Experimental measurements are presented of the concentration dependence of the low-shear limit viscosity of nearly monodisperse polymethylmethacrylate spheres dispersed in cis-decalin, a system that models a suspension of hard spheres. The suspension volume fractions are calibrated with reference to the volume fraction at which the particles undergo the thermodynamic freezing transition to a colloidal crystal, providing accurate estimates of the volume fractions of concentrated suspensions. At the freezing volume fraction (phi(f) approximate to 0.50) we find the relative low-shear viscosity eta(r)(0) (low-shear viscosity normalized by the solvent viscosity) to be 53+/-6, compared with results from previous studies that vary from approximate to 20 to 400.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5718-5722
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1997

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