A fractional model for time-variant non-newtonian flow

Xu Yang, Wen Chen*, Rui Xiao, Leevan LING

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This work applies a fractional flow model to describe a time-variant behavior of non-Newtonian substances. Specifically, we model the physical mechanism underlying the thixotropic and anti-thixotropic phenomena of non-Newtonian flow. This study investigates the behaviors of cellulose suspensions and starch-milk-sugar pastes under constant shear rate. The results imply that the presented model with only two parameters is adequate to fit experimental data. Moreover, the parameter of fractional order is an appropriate index to characterize the state of given substances. Its value indicates the extent of thixotropy and anti-thixotropy with positive and negative order, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalThermal Science
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

User-Defined Keywords

  • Anti-thixotropic
  • Fractional calculus
  • Modeling
  • Non-Newtonian flow
  • Thixotropic
  • Time-dependent


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