Flow properties of complex fluids such as colloidal suspensions, polymer solutions, fiber suspensions and blood have a vital function in many technological applications and biological systems. Yet, the basic knowledge on their properties is inadequate for many practical purposes. One important reason for this has been the lack of effective experimental methods that would allow detailed study of the flow behavior of especially opaque multi-phase fluids. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an emerging technique capable of simultaneous measurement of the internal structure and motion of most opaque materials, with resolution in the micrometer scale and measurement frequency up to 100 kHz. This mini-review will examine the recent results on the use of Doppler-OCT in the context of flows and rheological properties of complex fluids outside biomedical field.
- optical coherence tomography
- complex fluids
- multi-component fluids
Haavisto, S., Koponen, A., & Salmela, J. (2014). New insight into rheology and flow properties of complex fluids with Doppler optical coherence tomography. Frontiers in Chemistry, 2(27). https://doi.org/10.3389/fchem.2014.00027