Recent experiments show that upon abrupt start of a shear flow, a suspended drop undergoes an overshoot in deformation if either the drop or the matrix is a polymeric fluid. Using a diffuse-interface formulation, we carry out two-dimensional numerical simulations that trace the origin of the transient to the mismatch of two time scales: a capillary time for drop deformation and a relaxation time for the polymers in the viscoelastic component. The results are in qualitative agreement with experiments.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computational Mechanics
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes