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Kabir Ramola (Brandeis University, USA)
Date & Time
Tue, 04 December 2018, 11:00 to 12:00
Emmy Noether Seminar Room, ICTS Campus, Bangalore

Dense non-Brownian suspensions of frictional grains in a fluid often display an increase in viscosity (thickening) as the confining shear stress or strain rate are increased. At a critical density dependent shear rate, the viscosity increases abruptly: a phenomenon termed Discontinuous Shear Thickening (DST). We develop a statistical framework for the rheology of such suspensions, treating the ensemble of steady state configurations obtained from simulations of suspensions as a "thermal" ensemble. We construct a free energy function for the anisotropy of the stress tensor (μ), based on a pair correlation function in a space representing forces, which is dual to position space. We show that our theory predicts a DST flow diagram that is in good agreement with numerical simulations, and the qualitative features of μ that lead to the generic flow diagram of a DST fluid observed in experiments.