Title Linear and non-linear flow behavior of welan gum solutions
Authors Carmona, Jose A. , Ramirez, Pablo , Carmen Garcia, M. , SANTOS GARCÍA, JENIFER, Munoz, Jose
External publication Si
Means Rheol. Acta
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 2
SJR Quartile 2
JCR Impact 2.60400
SJR Impact 0.68300
Publication date 01/02/2019
ISI 000461364300001
DOI 10.1007/s00397-018-1120-x
Abstract Rheological and microstructural properties of welan gum aqueous solutions were studied as a function of polymer concentration in the 0.2-0.6% (m/m) range at fixed temperature 20 degrees C. Welan gum is an exopolysaccharide produced by Sphingomonas sp. All the systems exhibited a shear thinning and weak gel-like behavior whose parameters were well adjusted to a power law with the concentration. Furthermore, time-concentration superposition methods were carried out to obtain two master curves, one from the flow curves and the other from the mechanical spectra, which made it possible to extend the accessible experimental range. The non-linear viscoelastic properties were also studied by means of parallel superposition tests. The superimposed shear stress induced a change from weak gel to entangled solution behavior. This latter flow behavior is characterized by a frequency crossover that has been shown to have a linear dependence on the superimposed steady-state shear rate. Finally, Cryo-SEM images revealed a network with numerous junction zones between polymer chains.
Keywords Parallel superposition; Welan gum; Master curve; Cryo-SEM
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