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The effective shear and dilatational viscosities of a particle-laden interface in the dilute limit

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 September 2020

Michael Eigenbrod
Institute for Nano- and Microfluidics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64287Darmstadt, Germany
Steffen Hardt*
Institute for Nano- and Microfluidics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64287Darmstadt, Germany
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The effective dilatational and shear viscosities of a particle-laden fluid interface are computed in the dilute limit under the assumption of an asymptotically vanishing viscosity ratio between the two fluids. Spherical particles with a given contact angle of the fluid interface at the particle surface are considered. A planar fluid interface and a small Reynolds number are assumed. The theoretical analysis is based on a domain perturbation expansion in the deviation of the contact angle from $90^{\circ }$ up to the second order. The resulting effective dilatational viscosity shows a stronger dependence on the contact angle than the effective shear viscosity, and its magnitude is larger for all contact angles. The limits of validity of the theory are discussed.

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