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Colloidal gels formed from small attractive particles are commonly used in formulations to keep larger components in suspension. However, despite extensive work characterizing unfilled gels, little is known about how larger inclusions alter the phase behavior and microstructure of the colloidal system. Here we use numerical simulations to examine how larger `granular' particles can alter the gel transition phase boundaries. We find two distinct regimes depending on both the filler size and native gel structure: a `passive' regime where the filler fits into already-present voids, giving little change in the transition, and an `active' regime where the filler no longer fits in these voids and instead perturbs the native structure. In this second regime the phase boundary is controlled by an effective colloidal volume fraction given by the available free volume.
|Number of pages||6|
|Early online date||26 Jan 2023|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Feb 2023|
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Rheology of high solid content complex dispersions
UK industry, commerce and public corporations
1/09/16 → 31/08/20