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# The steady shear viscosity function can be fit to experimental data to an arbitrarily high precision.

. Does this mean that Generalized Newtonian Fluid models are okay to use in all situations? Not necessarily. A constitutive model needs to be able to predict all stresses in all flows, not just shear stresses in steady shearing. We need to check predictions. For example, does the GNF predict the shear normal stresses?

11 12 = 21 22
0 0

0 0

33

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## Generalized Newtonian Fluid (GNF) constitutive equation

= ( )

v1 x2 v1 x3

v1 x1 v + 2 x1 v3 + x1

v1 v2 + x2 x1 v 2 2 x2 v3 v2 + x2 x3

v1 v3 + x3 x1 v3 v2 + x2 x3 v 2 3 x3

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In Shear Flow:
v1 v= 0 0
123

v1 x2

11 12 13 = 21 22 23 31 32 33

0 = ( )
123

( ) v1 x2 0 0

v1 x2

0 0 0
123

No matter what we pick for the function ( ) , we cannot predict shear normal stresses with a Generalized Newtonian Fluid.
Faith A. Morrison, Michigan Tech U.

## shear stress response

What the data show:

21 (t )
imposed shear rate 21 = v1 (t ) H
0

increasing
t

o
0 t

21 (t )
increasing
0 t

## Start-up shear stresses

What the data show: What the GNF models predict: Correctly captures rate dependence

21 (t )
increasing
0 t

21 (t )

increasing
0 t

misses start-up effects No matter what we pick for the function ( ) , we cannot predict the time-dependence of shear start-up correctly with a GNF.
Faith A. Morrison, Michigan Tech U.

## elongational stress response

What the data show:

lim = 3 0
0

Troutons Rule

imposed deformation
x3

x1 , x 2

= 3

## If a material shear-thins, GNF predicts it will tension-thin.

Faith A. Morrison, Michigan Tech U.

## Summary: Generalized Newtonian Fluid Constitutive Equations

PRO: A first constitutive equation Can match steady shearing data very well Simple to calculate with Found to predict pressure-drop/flow rate relationships well Fails to predict shear normal stresses Fails to predict start-up or cessation effects (time-dependence, memory) only a function of instantaneous velocity gradient Derived ad hoc from shear observations; unclear of validity in non-shear flows
Faith A. Morrison, Michigan Tech U.

CON: