Thin liquid layers in shear: non-Newtonian effects

Yitzhak Rabin, Igor Hersht

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When shear flow is generated in molecularly thin liquid films of simple liquids confined between two parallel plates, the effective viscosity of the liquid increases by many orders of magnitude compared to its bulk value. Non-Newtonian effects such as shear thinning with a universal power law exponent of 2 3 are observed in experiments and computer simulations. We present a simple model of these phenomena based on shear melting of solid-like layers induced by the strong coupling with the crystalline walls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-712
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 15 Nov 1993


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