Phase Diagram for Viscoelastic Flow Over Wavy Surfaces (image) Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University Share Print E-Mail Caption This phase diagram summarizes results from a study by the Micro/Bio/Nanofluids Unit on the flow of viscoelastic fluids over wavy surfaces. The flow patterns depend on fluid elasticity (encapsulated by Sigma, on the vertical axis) and the depth of the channel relative to the surface wavelength (which is alpha, on the horizontal axis). The bottom-right corner of the diagram is the specific region where the elasticity and the channel depth are in a "sweet spot," so they combine to result in the vorticity amplification at the "critical layer." Credit OIST Usage Restrictions CC2.0 [attribution] Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.