AIChE Journal Highlight: Elucidating the Behavior of Particle Suspensions in Viscoelastic Fluids


The principles of suspension mechanics in Newtonian fluids (particularly at low Reynolds number) have been investigated for the past 40 years. George Batchelor and coworkers began research in the field in the 1970s, decades later giving scientists the tools to create rigorous computer models capable of simulating hydrodynamically interacting particles. Computer simulations, and the resulting physical insight they provided, allowed engineers to solve several longstanding problems associated with the processing of suspensions. Research on suspended particles gave companies the tools to develop many of the products that we as consumers enjoy today, such as medicines, plastics, and personal care products.

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