Abstract for the talk on 04.06.2020 (11:00 h)Arbeitsgemeinschaft ANGEWANDTE ANALYSIS
Richard Höfer (Universität Bonn)
On the effective viscosity of suspensions
Small particles suspended in a fluid are ubiquitous in nature and technology.
It is well-known that the particles change the effective viscosity of the fluid.
The problem has been addressed by Einstein in his PhD dissertation in 1906.
He obtained a quantitative result known as Einstein's law
for the effective viscosity for spherical particles to first order in the volume fraction $\phi$ of the particles.
Rigorous mathematical results have only been obtained in the last years.
I will review these results and present recent improvements where we were able to
relax the assumptions on the particle configurations considerably.
This covers physically relevant random distributions of particles.
A big challenge consists in the analysis of a dynamic version of Einstein's law.
Indeed, the interaction between the particles accounting for Einstein's law is very singular ($1/|x|^3$ in three dimensions),
and we presently do not know how to obtain the corresponding mean field-result for fixed volume fraction $\phi$
as we lose control over the interparticle distances.
Nevertheless, I will present a perturbative result in the case $\phi \to 0$, that incorporates Einstein's law.
This talk is based on joint works with David Gérard-Varet and Richard Schubert.
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