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Tensorial constitutive models for disordered foams, dense emulsions, and other soft nonergodic materials

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-207
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of rheology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


In recent years, the paradigm of soft glassy matter has been used to describe diverse nonergodic materials exhibiting strong local disorder and slow mesoscopic rearrangement. As so far formulated, however, the resulting soft glassy rheology (SGR) model treats the shear stress in isolation, effectively scalarizing the stress and strain rate tensors. Here we offer generalizations of the SGR model that combine its nontrivial aging and yield properties with a tensorial structure that can be specifically adapted, for example, to the description of fluid film assemblies or disordered foams. (C) 2004 The Society of Rheology.

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