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Flow and motion behavior of particle suspensions in shear flow over a rough surface

Mikulich, V. & Brücker, C. (2013). Flow and motion behavior of particle suspensions in shear flow over a rough surface. WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences, 79, pp. 263-272. doi: 10.2495/MPF130221


The paper discloses the experimental study results of the behavior of a thin layer of low concentrated slurry in a shear flow over a rough surface with a defined structure of the bottom wall. A new ring shear device was built which contains an optically transparent test chamber of which the bottom wall contains arrays of micro-cantilever force sensors simulating a defined surface roughness. It was created by deep-etching of micro-pillars in a silicon wafer. The results of visual observation of the interaction of the suspension with the structured surface during severe deformation are shown. Observation covered the liquid phase motion by micro-PIV, the interaction between the liquid phase and solid particles, the movement of separate particles and their mutual interaction. The contact interactions between particles and micro-pillars are exemplified. The abrupt changes in rotational motion and translational velocity of particles induce mutual collisions and continuous formation and break-up of cluster structures of various types. © 2013 WIT Press.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2013 WIT Press.
Publisher Keywords: slurry, shear flow, micro-structured surface, particle interaction, micro-pillars, cantilever-array, force-measurements
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
School of Science & Technology > Engineering > Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics
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