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Flow of a liquid crystalline polymer solution around an obstacle

Abstract : The behaviour of an anisotropic solution of hydroxypropylcellulose around an obstacle is investigated in shear and during relaxation. Experiments were carried out with an optical rheometer equipped with transparent cone-and-plate. The obstacle is a 200 micron glass sphere stuck on the plate. A typical Reynolds number past the obstacle is about 10−5. The flow of the anisotropic solution perturbed by the obstacle shows specific phenomena: distorted downstream streamlines, a very long wake behind the obstacle during shear which persists a long time after the ceasing shear, a change in the behaviour at very high shear rates and in particular, the appearance of a wake in front of the obstacle. To date there has not been any theoretical bases with which to explain these new findings. An interesting point is that the wake behind the obstacle is a good illustration of the problem of weldlines in injection moulding.
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Edith Peuvrel-Disdier, Patrick Navard. Flow of a liquid crystalline polymer solution around an obstacle. Liquid Crystals, Taylor & Francis, 1990, 7 (1), p. 95-104. ⟨10.1080/02678299008029196⟩. ⟨hal-00672079⟩



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