Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Structural turbulence has been detected in dilute aqueous solutions of Polyox Coagulant (also known to be a highly effective drag-reducing agent). The flow line which characterizes structural turbulence from its onset in the laminar region passes well into the fully turbulent region (Reynolds turbulence) with virtually no change in slope, implying that the same molecular oscillations or segmental motions responsible for structural turbulence are now operative in drag reduction. The persistence of structural turbulence at very low concentrations is rationalized on the basis of Busse's explanation of the role of polymer entanglements in viscosity and elastic turbulence.
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