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Shear banding and interfacial instability in planar Poiseuille flow
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    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Fielding SM, Wilson HJ
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  • Pagination:
    196, 202
  • Journal:
    Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
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  • Keywords:
    Shear banding, Interfacial instability, Poiseuille flow
Motivated by the need for a theoretical study in a planar geometry that can easily be implemented experimentally, we study the pressure driven Poiseuille flow of a shear banding fluid. After discussing the “basic states” predicted by a one dimensional calculation that assumes a flat interface between the bands, we proceed to demonstrate such an interface to be unstable with respect to the growth of undulations along it. We give results for the growth rate and wavevector of the most unstable mode that grows initially, as well as for the ultimate flow patterns to which the instability leads. We discuss the relevance of our predictions to the present state of the experimental literature concerning interfacial instabilities of shear banded flows, in both conventional rheometers and microfluidic channels.
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