384692 Retarded Hydrodynamic Properties of Fractal Clusters

Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 4:30 PM
Marquis Ballroom A (Marriott Marquis Atlanta)
Marco Lattuada, Aolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, 1723 Marly, Switzerland

Fractal clusters are commonly encountered when working with the stability and the aggregation of colloidal suspensions. In spite of the number of studies that have focused on their stationary hydrodynamic properties, no information is currently known on their retarded hydrodynamic properties. The objective of this work is to close this gap. Clusters with a broad range of fractal dimension values, generated via Monte-Carlo simulations have been analyzed. A rigorous model based on multipole expansion of time-dependent Stokes equations has been developed, and then the full cluster resistance matrix as a function of the frequency has been computed. An attempt has been made to extend Basset, Boussinesque and Oseen equations to fractal clusters, but it was found that the corresponding hydrodynamic radius needs to be a function of frequency. In the case of translational motion, the cluster hydrodynamic radius loses any structural information at high frequencies, becoming independent of the fractal dimension, but depending only on its mass. A simplified model, based on an extension of Kirkwood-Rieseman approach has also been developed. This allows one to perform calculations for clusters with arbitrary masses and fractal dimensions, with good accuracy and very low computational time. It is the first time that the frequency dependence of hydrodynamic properties of complex non-spherical objects has been investigated.


Marco Lattuada, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, DOI information: 10.1016/j.jcis.2014.05.003, in press

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