Abstract
We consider the planar extrudate swell flow of Giesekus and PTT fluids. The separation angleis denoted by α and takes the values between 129^{o} and 270^{o}.
Local to the exit singularity, a class of selfsimilar solutions has been identified with stream function behaviour O(rλ0+1) and polymer stress singularities of O(r−4(1−λ0)/(λ0+5)) for PTT and O(r−(1−λ0)(3−λ0)/4) for Giesekus, where r is the radial distance from the die wall at the exit. The lead eigenvalue λ0 is related to α through a transcendental equation and takes values between 1/3 and 1. These behaviours transpire in a core region of the flow set away from both the die wall and the exiting freesurface of the flow. Within this region the solvent stress dominates the polymeric stress and the momentum equation reduces to the Stokes flow equation. Using the method of matched asymptotics, the core region is reconciled with boundary layers at the stick surface of the die wall and the exiting slip or freesurface of the flow. The analysis benefits from the representation of the stress in both Cartesian and natural stress formulations, and is implemented when the Weissenberg number (the dimensionless relaxation time) is O(1). These results hold for all values of the retardation parameter β ∈ (0, 1], but breakdown in the limit β → 0.
These theoretical behaviours are numerically verified locally along the streamlines of the flow and globally through simulations of the full extrudate swell problem. The streamline integration benefits from representing the stress in a polar coordinate system while a Cartesian system used for the full numerical solution. For the full numerical simulations, a finitevolume scheme for planar extrusion is implemented from the rheoTool toolbox in OpenFOAM. The Eulerian freesurface solver of rheoInterFoam is chosen which tracks the freesurface boundary with a volume of fluid (VOF) surfacecapturing algorithm.
Date of Award  13 May 2020 

Original language  English 
Awarding Institution 

Supervisor  Jonathan Evans (Supervisor) & Victor Galaktionov (Supervisor) 
Keywords
 viscoelastic fluid
 die swell
 PTT
 Giesekus
 extrudate
 extrudate swell
 singularity
 asymptotics
 fluid dynamics
 Polymer
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Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › PhD