An apparent viscosity function for shear thickening fluids Articles uri icon

publication date

  • March 2011

start page

  • 321

end page

  • 325


  • 5-6


  • 166

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0377-0257

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-2631


  • A new apparent viscosity function for shear thickening fluids is proposed, contemplating the three characteristic regions typically exhibited by these materials: slight shear thinning at low shear rates, followed by a sharp viscosity increase over a threshold shear rate value (critical shear rate), and a subsequent pronounced shear thinning region at high shear rates. The proposed function has a continuous derivative, making it appropriate in numerical simulations. Moreover, the function is shown to provide an excellent fit to several independent experimental data sets.


  • generalized newtonian fluid; viscosity function; shear thickening fluids; rheology; fumed silica suspension