Understanding steady and dynamic shear banding in a model wormlike micellar solution

Michelle A. Calabrese, Simon A. Rogers, Lionel Porcar, Norman J. Wagner

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Shear banding under steady and dynamic deformation is examined using a combination of rheology and flow-small angle neutron scattering (SANS) in a model wormlike micelle solution comprised of a mixed cationic/anionic surfactant (cetyltrimethylammonium tosylate/sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate) and sodium tosylate. Flow-vorticity plane rheo-SANS reveals long transients during shear band formation. Flow-gradient plane spatially resolved flow-SANS measurements probe the microstructure during steady and dynamic shear banding. Under large amplitude oscillatory shear (Laos) deformation, shear banding is dependent on the Deborah and Weissenberg numbers, validating recent theoretical predictions that include shear-induced breakage. Micelle segmental alignment in the flow-gradient plane during Laos is a nonmonotonic function of cycle time, t/T, and radial position, r/H. The maximum segmental alignment under Laos often exceeds that of the corresponding shear rate under steady shear, termed "over-orientation," which can help identify Laos shear banding. The results of this study present new methods for identifying shear banding under steady and dynamic deformation, while providing an extensive data set for the development and further improvement of constitutive models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1001-1017
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Rheology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge the support of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France in providing the neutron research facilities used in this work. This manuscript was prepared under Cooperative Agreement No. 70NANB12H239 from NIST, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of NIST or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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© 2016 The Society of Rheology.


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