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The effect of electric double layers, zeta potential and pH on apparent viscosity of non-Brownian suspensions

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posted on 2023-07-20, 14:44 authored by Sudharsan Srinivasan, HARRY VAN DEN AKKERHARRY VAN DEN AKKER, Orest ShardtOrest Shardt

We carried out 3D simulations of monodisperse particle suspensions subjected to a constant shear rate with the view to investigate the effect of electrical double layers around the particles on apparent suspension viscosities. To this end, expressions for Debye length, zeta potential, and ionic strength (pH) of the liquid were incorporated into our in-house lattice Boltzmann code that uses the immersed boundary method and includes subgrid lubrication models. We varied the solids concentration and particle radius, keeping the particle Reynolds number equal to 0.1. We report on results with respect to the effect of pH in the range 9 through 12 and of Debye length on apparent viscosity and spatial suspension structures, particularly at higher solids vol?ume fractions, and on the effect of flow reversals.


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