Electrical method of monitoring percolation and abrasion of conducting spheres due to shear flow of a dense suspension in a narrow gap
journal contributionposted on 22.06.2009, 12:51 by Samjid H. Mannan, David A. Hutt, David C. Whalley
This letter describes a method for studying the behavior of rigid particles in a dense suspension when they are forced into contact during flow within a narrow gap. The particles form transient percolating networks spanning the boundary walls, and will be crushed together. The method involves measuring the dc electrical resistance across the gap. The suspension e.g., solder paste consists of electrically conducting particles suspended in an insulating fluid. The electrical resistance drops when the particles are in contact with each other and the walls, and the insulating films on the surface of the conductors have been broken through. The results show a dramatic change in behavior as the ratio of gap to particle diameter is varied.
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