Beads-on-string phenomena in wormlike micellar fluids

Michael C. Sostarecz, Andrew Belmonte

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We present experimental results on the dynamics of wormlike micellar filaments surrounded by an immiscible viscous bulk fluid. For certain concentrations, these filaments develop a beads-on-string structure previously observed only in polymer jets and filaments surrounded by air. By taking advantage of the longer time scales present in this experiment, we are able to quantify the evolution of individual beads. We also investigate the stability of these filaments and the robustness of the beads-on-string structure by stretching the filament within a rotating flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L67-L70
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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