Rheology of Self-Associating Concentrated Xanthan Solutions

Timothy Lim, Jonathan T. Uhl, Robert K. Prud'Homme

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The rheology of xanthan solutions is strongly influenced by molecular association and aggregation. The relationship between theological behavior and molecular association has been studied using dynamic oscillatory measurements, step-shear-rate measurements, and optical birefringence. For solutions with concentrations of 0.5% wt or below, weak association—possibly through hydrogen bonding—leads to nonlinear behavior in dynamic oscillatory measurements at high strain. For concentrations of 1% and above, liquid crystalline domains are formed and the time required to approach a steady viscosity value at low shear rates is quite long.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-379
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Rheology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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