Scaling of flow curves: Comparison between experiments and simulations

Riande I. Dekker, Maureen Dinkgreve, Henri de Cagny, Dion J. Koeze, Brian P. Tighe, Daniel Bonn*

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Yield-stress materials form an interesting class of materials that behave like solids at small stresses, but start to flow once a critical stress is exceeded. It has already been reported both in experimental and simulation work that flow curves of different yield-stress materials can be scaled with the distance to jamming or with the confining pressure. However, different scaling exponents are found between experiments and simulations. In this paper we identify sources of this discrepancy. We numerically relate the volume fraction with the confining pressure and discuss the similarities and differences between rotational and oscillatory measurements. Whereas simulations are performed in the elastic response regime close to the jamming transition and with very small amplitudes to calculate the scaling exponents, these conditions are hardly possible to achieve experimentally. Measurements are often performed far away from the critical volume fraction and at large amplitudes. We show that these differences are the underlying reason for the different exponents for rescaling flow curves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
JournalJournal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Herschel–Bulkley model
  • Rheological measurements
  • Universal scaling
  • Yield-stress materials


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