By Kenneth P. Lawley

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The theoretical extension to a continuous distribution of relaxation times can be carried out in a number of ways. For example, we may proceed as follows. The "distribution function of relaxation times" (or "relaxation spectrum") N ( r ) may be defined such that N ( r ) d r represents the contributions to the total viscosity of all the Maxwell elements with relaxation times lying between r and r d r . 18)) + ( t )= exp[- (t - t ' ) / r ] + ( t f ) d t ' d r , m 0 and if we introduce the "relaxation function" +, defined by eqn.

The spherical structural units deform into ellipsoids which have their major axes tilted towards the direction of flow. Thus the restoring force is greater in this direction than in the two orthogonal directions. The restoring forces give rise to the normal stress components of eqns. 2. It can be appreciated, from this viewpoint of their origin, why it is that the largest of the three normal stress components is always observed to be a,,, the component in the direction of flow. e. a,, 2 a,,. It is conceivable that a strongly-orientated reststructure, as found in liquid crystals, might produce such unusual behaviour in certain circumstances.

For instance, in a dilute polymeric system, the chain molecules, which at rest occupy an enveloping volume of approximately spherical shape, deform to an ellipsoidal shape in a flow field. The molecular envelope before and during deformation is shown in Fig. 1. The droplets in an emulsion change shape in a similar way. In the polymeric system at rest, entropic forces determine the spherical shape whilst the requirement of a minimum interfacial free-energy between an emulsion droplet and the surrounding liquid ensures practically spherical droplets in the emulsion at rest.