Palierne equation

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Palierne equation connects the dynamic modulus of emulsions with the dynamic modulus of the two phases, size of the droplets and the interphase surface tension. The equation can also be used for suspensions of viscoelastic solid particles in viscoelastic fluids.[1] The equation is named after French rheologist Jean-François Palierne who has proposed the equation in 1991.[2]

For the dilute emulsions Palierne equation looks like:

where is the dynamic modulus of the emulsion, is the dynamic modulus of the continuous phase (matrix), is the volume fraction of the disperse phase and the is given as

where is the dynamic modulus of the disperse phase, is the surface tension between the phases and is the radius of the droplets.[1]

For the suspension of solid particles the value of is given as[1]

The Palierne equation is usually extended for the finite volume concentrations of the disperse phase as:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Pal, Rajinder (July 2008). "A New Viscoelastic Model for Emulsions and Suspensions". Polymer Engineering and Science. 48 (7): 1250..1253. doi:10.1002/pen.21065. 
  2. ^ Palierne, Jean-François (1991). "Linear Rheology of viscoelastic emulsions with interfacial tension". Rheologica Acta. 29 (3): 204. doi:10.1007/BF01331356.