We numerically study by lattice Boltzmann simulations the rheological properties of an active emulsion made of a suspension of an active polar gel embedded in an isotropic passive background. We find that the hexatic equilibrium configuration of polar droplets is highly sensitive to both active injection and external forcing and may either lead to asymmetric unidirectional states which break top-bottom symmetry or symmetric ones. In this latter case, for large enough activity, the system develops a shear thickening regime at low shear rates. Importantly, for larger external forcing a regime with stable negative effective viscosity is found. Moreover, at intermediate activity a region of multistability is encountered and we show that a maximum entropy production principle holds in selecting the most favorable state.

Rheology of active emulsions with negative effective viscosity

Corberi F.;
2021-01-01

Abstract

We numerically study by lattice Boltzmann simulations the rheological properties of an active emulsion made of a suspension of an active polar gel embedded in an isotropic passive background. We find that the hexatic equilibrium configuration of polar droplets is highly sensitive to both active injection and external forcing and may either lead to asymmetric unidirectional states which break top-bottom symmetry or symmetric ones. In this latter case, for large enough activity, the system develops a shear thickening regime at low shear rates. Importantly, for larger external forcing a regime with stable negative effective viscosity is found. Moreover, at intermediate activity a region of multistability is encountered and we show that a maximum entropy production principle holds in selecting the most favorable state.
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