Special Issue "Rheology and Deformation of Complex Fluids"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Simulation and Design".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Rossella Arrigo
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Guest Editor
Department of Applied Science and Technology, Viale Teresa Michel 5, 15121 Alessandria, Italy
Interests: formulation and characterization of polymer-based complex systems; structure–properties relationships in polymers and polymer-based systems; rheology of complex systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The study of the rheological behavior of complex fluids is a powerful tool to investigate the molecular interactions established in these systems and the dynamics of the macromolecular structures, as well. Particularly, the rheological response of polymers, composites, colloids, and hybrid materials, both in solution and in the melt state, reflects their intimate microstructure, offering the possibility to gain a fundamental understanding of their structure–property relationships. Additionally, the deformation of complex fluids under different flow fields is essential to induce the formation of structures and assembly, allowing the manipulation of the functionalities of the materials.

This Special Issue aims to assess the state-of-the-art and the recent advances in the area of the rheological characterization of complex fluids subjected to various flow fields.

In particular, the topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Rheological response of polymers and polymer-based complex systems;
  • Rheology of composites and nanocomposites;
  • Deformation behavior of complex fluids in solution;
  • Dynamics of emulsion droplets and foam bubbles, polymer vesicles, and microcapsules;
  • Transport phenomena of complex fluids;
  • Dynamic flow and deformation simulations.

Authors are invited to submit original research, communications, and reviews to this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Rossella Arrigo
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Rheology of complex fluids
  • Deformation of fluids
  • Flow-induced structures and assembly
  • Constitutive models
  • Macromolecular dynamics

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Rheological Behavior of Polymer/Carbon Nanotube Composites: An Overview
Materials 2020, 13(12), 2771; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13122771 - 18 Jun 2020
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This paper reviews the current achievements regarding the rheological behavior of polymer-based nanocomposites containing carbon nanotubes (CNTs). These systems have been the subject of a very large number of scientific investigations in the last decades, due to the outstanding characteristics of CNTs that [...] Read more.
This paper reviews the current achievements regarding the rheological behavior of polymer-based nanocomposites containing carbon nanotubes (CNTs). These systems have been the subject of a very large number of scientific investigations in the last decades, due to the outstanding characteristics of CNTs that have allowed the formulation of nanostructured polymer-based materials with superior properties. However, the exploitation of the theoretical nanocomposite properties is strictly dependent on the complete dispersion of CNTs within the host matrix and on the consequent development of a huge interfacial region. In this context, a deep knowledge of the rheological behavior of CNT-containing systems is of fundamental importance, since the evaluation of the material’s viscoelastic properties allows the gaining of fundamental information as far as the microstructure of nanofilled polymers is concerned. More specifically, the understanding of the rheological response of polymer/CNT nanocomposites reveals important details about the characteristics of the interface and the extent of interaction between the two components, hence allowing the optimization of the final properties in the resulting nanocomposites. As the literature contains plenty of reviews concerning the rheological behavior of polymer/CNT nanocomposites, this review paper will summarize the most significant thermoplastic matrices in terms of availability and relevant industrial applications. Full article
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