Rheochaos and flow instability phenomena in a nonionic lamellar phase

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In this study we report on instability phenomena in a solution where shear induces multilamellar vesicles (MLVs) from a lamellar phase. A shear-thickening regime has been observed for hexadecyl tetraethylene glycol ether (C16E4) dissolved in D2O at 40 degrees C. In this regime, unstable temporal viscosity behavior, i.e. periodic oscillations, has been observed at 2, 5 and 10 s(-1). Moreover at a shear rate of 10 s(-1) shear banding manifests itself as the occurrence of transparent and turbid bands stacked along the vorticity direction. We perform time-resolved-rheo-small angle neutron scattering (rheo-SANS) experiments to understand the nature of the viscosity oscillations and spatial-resolved experiments to obtain a structural characterization of vorticity bands.


  • Luigi Gentile
  • Bruno Silva
  • Sebastian Lages
  • Kell Mortensen
  • Joachim Kohlbrecher
  • Ulf Olsson
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  • Physical Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133-1140
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch