Gravitational compression of colloidal gels


Lietor-Santos, J. J. ; Kim, C. ; Lu, P. J. ; Fernandez-Nieves, A. ; Weitz, D. A. Gravitational compression of colloidal gels. European Physical Journal E 2009, 28, 159-164. Copy at
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We study the compression of depletion gels under the influence of a gravitational stress by monitoring the time evolution of the gel interface and the local volume fraction, phi, inside the gel. We find f is not constant throughout the gel. Instead, there is a volume fraction gradient that develops and grows along the gel height as the compression process proceeds. Our results are correctly described by a non-linear poroelastic model that explicitly incorporates the phi-dependence of the gravitational, elastic and viscous stresses acting on the gel.


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