Rheology of Particulate Networks in Gels

Complex fluids are an inherent part of our existence. Everyday items such as milk, butter, toothpastes etc., and even biofluids such as blood are categorized as complex fluids. Understanding the factors that govern flow properties and the conditions for semi solid behavior is essential, not only to deepen our understanding, but also to design methods and process to tailor these materials to suit our needs. 

In this study, one will attempt to investigate the effect microstructure of these materials and the interparticle interactions on the formation of particle networks and hence their rheological behavior by constructing simulated three-dimensional representations of the material of interest. The objective would be to decipher the physics of the network formation and implement it to simulate the material such that it perfectly encapsulates the experimentally observed rheological properties of the materials, thus enabling one to have a deeper perspective than what is possible through experimental investigations.

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