The rheological properties of hydrogenated castor oil crystals

Niels De Meirleir, L. Pellens, W. Broeckx, Guy Van Assche, Wim De Malsche

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The present study focuses on the rheological performance of a surfactant-rich aqueous suspension containing hydrogenated castor oil (HCO) crystals. HCO can be typically crystallized in five distinct shapes: spherically shaped, irregularly shaped, star-shaped (also called rosettes), short needles, and thick or thin fibers. The effect of the differences in shape on the rheological performance is studied, and the rheological properties are compared to the behavior of other triacylglycerol's (TAG) suspensions. A suspension of TAG crystals usually behaves as a colloidal gel wherein a colloidal gel is defined as a network of flocs, with each floc being an aggregate of smaller subunits. All of these surfactant-rich aqueous suspensions of HCO crystals behaved according to a colloidal gel in the transient regime, independent of the studied crystal shapes, except the long thin fibers at a concentration above 0.1 wt% HCO transitioning from a heterogeneous fractal rod network to a homogeneous rod network, shifting from a colloidal gel to a glass.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)2539-2547
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftColloid and Polymer Science
Nummer van het tijdschrift10
StatusPublished - okt 2014


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