Predicting Steady Shear Rheology of Condensed-Phase Monomolecular Films at the Air-Water Interface

Aditya Raghunandan, Amir H. Hirsa, Patrick T. Underhill, Juan M. Lopez

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Abstract

Predicting the non-Newtonian shear response of soft interfaces in biophysical systems and engineered products has been compromised by the use of linear (Newtonian) constitutive equations. We present a generalized constitutive equation, with tractable material properties, governing the response of Newtonian and non-Newtonian interfaces subjected to a wide range of steady shear. With experiments spanning six decades of shear rate, we capture and unify divergent reports of shear-thinning behavior of monomolecular films of the lipid dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, the primary constituent of mammalian cell walls and lung surfactant, at near-physiological packing densities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number164502
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume121
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 17 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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