Phenomena

Aging Fluids

Aging can greatly affect non-Newtonain fluids' behaviors.

If you’ve ever left a sealed container of Playdoh untouched for months, you know that there’s a big difference between the fresh stuff and what’s left in that can. Aging can have big effects on non-Newtonian fluids. In this video, we see drops of a synthetic clay impacting at different speeds. In the top row of images, the clay is fresh and unaged; on impact, the clay forms large crown-like splashes. In the bottom row, however, the aged clay behaves quite differently. Instead of a splash, the drops make more of a splat. (Image and video credit: R. Ewoldt et al.)

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