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Record number 483197
Title Mesoscale models of dispersions stabilized by surfactants and colloids
Author(s) Sman, R.G.M. van der; Meinders, M.B.J.
Source Advances in Colloid and Interface Science 211 (2014). - ISSN 0001-8686 - p. 63 - 76.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cis.2014.06.004
Department(s) Food Process Engineering
Food Technology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) dissipative particle dynamics - fluid-fluid interfaces - lattice-boltzmann simulations - phase-separation dynamics - pickering emulsions - soluble surfactants - amphiphilic fluids - binary fluids - adsorption - flows
Abstract In this paper we discuss and give an outlook on numerical models describing dispersions, stabilized by surfactants and colloidal particles. Examples of these dispersions are foams and emulsions. In particular, we focus on the potential of the diffuse interface models based on a free energy approach, which describe dispersions with the surface-active agent soluble in one of the bulk phases. The free energy approach renders thermodynamic consistent models with realistic sorption isotherms and adsorption kinetics. The free energy approach is attractive because of its ability to describe highly complex dispersions, such as emulsions stabilized by ionic surfactants, or surfactant mixtures and dispersions with surfactant micelles. We have classified existing numerical methods into classes, using either a Eulerian or a Lagrangian representation for fluid and for the surfactant/colloid. A Eulerian representation gives a more coarse-grained, mean field description of the surface-active agent, while a Lagrangian representation can deal with steric effects and larger complexity concerning geometry and (amphiphilic) wetting properties of colloids and surfactants. However, the similarity between the description of wetting properties of both Eulerian and Lagrangian models allows for the development of hybrid Eulerian/Lagrangian models having advantages of both representations.
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