Athermal analogue of sheared dense Brownian suspensions
Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes, UMR 7636 ESPCI – CNRS – Univ. Paris-Diderot – Univ. P.M. Curie 10 rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris, France
Received: 25 April 2015
Accepted: 26 June 2015
The rheology of dense Brownian suspensions of hard spheres is investigated numerically beyond the low-shear-rate Newtonian regime. We analyze an athermal analogue of these suspensions, with an effective logarithmic repulsive potential representing the vibrational entropic forces. We show that both systems present the same rheology without adjustable parameters. Moreover, all rheological responses display similar Herschel-Bulkley relations once the shear stress and the shear rate are respectively rescaled by a characteristic stress scale and by a microscopic reorganization time scale, both related to the normal confining pressure. This pressure-controlled approach, originally developed for granular flows, reveals a striking physical analogy between the colloidal glass transition and granular jamming.
PACS: 83.80.Hj – Suspensions, dispersions, pastes, slurries, colloids / 47.57.Gc – Granular flow / 47.57.Qk – Rheological aspects
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