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Quasi-static bubble in a yield stress fluid: elasto-plastic model

Abstract : The influence of the yield stress of Carbopol® gel dispersions on the behaviour of quasi-static bubbles was investigated. Many fluids, from many different industrial fields, have yield stress behaviour. Most of them contain gas bubbles. To study bubble behaviour in such suspensions, a transparent model fluid (dispersion of Carbopol® in water) was used. The experimental device allowed to quasi-statically increase bubble internal pressure with small pressure step to reach a maximum target internal pressure and the pressure setpoint was inverted to return to the initial pressure. Hysterical behaviour of the bubbles was highlighted as they did not regain their initial shape because of yield stress. We show that the rheological behaviour is related to the internal pressure, bubble geometry and yield stress in quasi-static conditions. A modification of the Laplace law depending on the yield stress of the fluid and bubble sphericity was proposed and validated.
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Gabriel Samson, Annabelle Phelipot-Mardele, Christophe Lanos, Alexandre Pierre. Quasi-static bubble in a yield stress fluid: elasto-plastic model. Rheologica Acta, Springer Verlag, 2017, 56 (5), pp.431-443. ⟨10.1007/s00397-017-1007-2⟩. ⟨hal-01523116⟩



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