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See detailInfluence of suspension viscosity on Brownian relaxation of filler particles
Dannert, R.; Winter, H. H.; Sanctuary, Roland UL et al

in Rheologica Acta (2017), 56(7-8), 615-622

Brownian relaxation caused by Brownian movement of particles in suspensions can macroscopically be probed by small-amplitude oscillatory shear experiments. Phenomenological considerations suggest a direct ... [more ▼]

Brownian relaxation caused by Brownian movement of particles in suspensions can macroscopically be probed by small-amplitude oscillatory shear experiments. Phenomenological considerations suggest a direct proportionality between suspension viscosity and Brownian relaxation times. To verify this relation experimentally, a set of nanocomposite suspensions with viscosities varying over five decades is presented. The suspensions are chosen in a way to ensure that particle-particle interactions and average particle-particle distances are identical so that they can be used as a model system to study the mere influence of suspension viscosity on Brownian relaxation. The suggested linear relationship between suspension viscosity and Brownian relaxation time can be confirmed. Moreover, a verification of a recently introduced characteristic timescale for Brownian relaxation is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailStrain-induced low-frequency relaxation in colloidal DGEBA/SiO2 suspensions
Dannert, Rick UL; Sanctuary, Roland UL; Thomassey, M. et al

in Rheologica Acta (2014), 53(9), 715-723

Diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) is widely exploited as an epoxy resin in adhesives and coatings. In this paper, it is used as an oligomer matrix for silica-filled nanocomposites. Rheological ... [more ▼]

Diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) is widely exploited as an epoxy resin in adhesives and coatings. In this paper, it is used as an oligomer matrix for silica-filled nanocomposites. Rheological measurements show that the pure matrix obeys power-law relaxation dynamics in the vicinity of the dynamic glass transition of this low-molecular-weight glass former. In the filled systems, a low-frequency relaxation appears additionally to the structural alpha-process of the matrix. Considering the nanocomposites as Newtonian hard-sphere suspensions at low angular frequencies (or high temperatures), the modified terminal regime behavior of the matrix can be linked to strain-induced perturbations of the isotropic filler distributions. While in the low-frequency regime hydrodynamic stresses relax instantaneously, the Brownian stress relaxation is viscoelastic and can be evidenced by dynamic rheological measurements. At higher angular frequencies, the alpha-process of the matrix superimposes on the Brownian stress relaxation. In particular, we were able to depict the low-frequency anomaly for concentrated, semi-dilute, and even for dilute suspensions. [less ▲]

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