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New method to mechano-spectroscopically investigate the transient evolution of a complex-fluid's microstructure subjected to a non-linear deformation or flow

Project description

Material testing inspired by animal sounds

Complex fluids, a family of multiphase fluids, are ubiquitous across a wide array of industrial products including cement, food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Characterising their strength and elasticity when subject to an applied force is often not simple as their properties can vary widely. Cataloguing the whole range of material properties is time consuming. EU funding of the OrthoChirp project will enable researchers to improve characterisation of soft material properties. The focus will be on combining the optimally windowed chirp, a technique inspired by the sound sequences of certain animals with superposition flows in rheology. These techniques will be used to test the properties of gelling polymers, proteins, colloidal gels or any other ‘mutating’ soft materials.


Net EU contribution
€ 178 320,00
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00