Springer Theses

Impact-Activated Solidification of Cornstarch and Water Suspensions

Authors: Waitukaitis, Scott R.

  • Nominated by the University of Chicago, USA, as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis
  • Provides evidence that the impact response of dense suspensions is caused by dynamic jamming fronts
  • Presents a new perspective on impact-driven solidification in dense suspensions through a mixture of cornstarch and water
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This thesis approaches impact resistance in dense suspensions from a new perspective. The most well-known example of dense suspensions, a mixture of cornstarch and water, provides enough impact resistance to allow a person to run across its surface. In the past, this phenomenon had been linked to "shear thickening" under a steady shear state attributed to hydrodynamic interactions or granular dilation. However, neither explanation accounted for the stress scales required for a person to run on the surface.

Through this research, it was discovered that the impact resistance is due to local compression of the particle matrix. This compression forces the suspension across the jamming transition and precipitates a rapidly growing solid mass. This growing solid, as a result, absorbs the impact energy. This is the first observation of such jamming front, linking nonlinear suspension dynamics in a new way to the jamming phase transition known from dry granular materials.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Waitukaitis, Scott R.

    Pages 1-12

  • Freely Accelerating Impact into Cornstarch and Water Suspensions

    Waitukaitis, Scott R.

    Pages 13-32

  • Dynamic Jamming Fronts in a Model 2D System

    Waitukaitis, Scott R.

    Pages 33-45

  • Speed-Controlled Impact into Cornstarch and Water Suspensions

    Waitukaitis, Scott R.

    Pages 47-56

  • Results and Conclusions

    Waitukaitis, Scott R.

    Pages 57-60

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Hardcover $129.00
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Softcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Impact-Activated Solidification of Cornstarch and Water Suspensions
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-09183-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-09183-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-09182-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35927-4
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 88
Number of Illustrations and Tables
33 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
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