Hysteresis Loop Experiments and the Determination of Thixotropic Properties

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HARRIS1 has pointed out the added complication in interpreting the “hysteresis” loop experiment for determining thixotropic properties which arises from the combined effect of the moment of inertia of the inner cylinder of the coaxial cylinders viscometer coupled with the stiffness of the torsion spring used in torque measurements. Huxley2 has shown how this effect can be eliminated for Newtonian fluids. Steady-state oscillatory1 and transient2 experiments have been suggested for determining thixotropic properties. With this renewed interest on thixotropic behaviour, I shall summarize the results of my investigations into this phenomenon, outline work in progress and indicate the future lines of research.

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CHENG, D. Hysteresis Loop Experiments and the Determination of Thixotropic Properties. Nature 216, 1099–1100 (1967). https://doi.org/10.1038/2161099a0

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