A dissipative particle dynamics model for thixotropic materials exhibiting pseudo-yield stress behaviour

Le-Cao, K. and Phan-Thien, N. and Khoo, B. C. and Mai-Duy, N. (2017) A dissipative particle dynamics model for thixotropic materials exhibiting pseudo-yield stress behaviour. Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 241. pp. 1-13. ISSN 0377-0257

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Abstract

Many materials (e.g., gels, colloids, concentrated cohesive sediments, etc.) exhibit a stable solid form at rest, and liquify once subjected to an applied stress exceeding a critical value – a yield-stress behaviour. This can be qualitatively explained by the forming and destruction of the fluid microstructure [1], and it may be modelled as a thixotropic and yield stress material. In this paper, we propose a mesoscopic model which is able to mimic a thixotropic and yield stress behaviour using a particle-based technique known as dissipative particle dynamics (DPD). The DPD technique satisfies conservation of mass and momentum and it has been applied successfully for a number of problems involving complex-structure fluids, such as polymer solutions, suspensions of rigid particles, droplets, biological fluids, etc. In this work, an indirect linkage dissipative particle model (ILDP) is proposed based on qualitative microstructural physics, which results in a non-Newtonian fluid with observed yield stress and thixotropic properties. The model comprises of two types, or species, of DPD particles – with only repulsive conservative force between the same species, and with repulsive force at short range and attractive force at long range between different species. Numerical results show that the proposed DPD fluid can represent some observed complex behaviours, such as yield stress and thixotropic effects.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to submitted version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 23:26
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 23:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: dissipative particle dynamics; DPD; Bingham model; yield stress; Thixotropy
Fields of Research : 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics > 010399 Numerical and Computational Mathematics not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jnnfm.2017.01.004
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30548

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