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Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management

Print version ISSN 1984-9648On-line version ISSN 2175-9146

J. Aerosp. Technol. Manag. vol.1 no.1 São José dos Campos Jan./June 2009 


Rheology of suspensions with aluminum nano-particles

Ulrich Teipel1  * 

Ulrich Forter-Barth2 

1Georg-Simon-Ohm University, Nuremberg - Germany.

2Institut Chemische Technologie, Pfinztal - Germany


Nano-scale aluminum particles are innovative materiais increasingly used in energetic formulations. In this contribution, the rheological behavior of suspensions with either paraffin oil or HTPB as the matrix fluid and nano-scale aluminum (ALEX) as the dispersed phase is described and discussed. The paraffin oil/aluminum suspensions exhibit non-Newtonian flow behavior over a wide range of concentrations, where as the HTPB/aluminum suspensions exhibit Newtonian behavior (i.e. the viscosity is independent of shear stress) up to a concentration of 50 vol.% aluminum. Both systems have unusual viscoelastic properties in that their elastic moduli are independent of the solids concentration.

Key words: Aluminum nano-particles; Rheology; ALEX; HTPB; Viscoelastic properties

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Received: April 30, 2009; Accepted: May 04, 2009

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