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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 406018, 5 pages
Research Article

Analysis on Nonlinear Stress-Growth Data for Shear Flow of Starch Material with Shear Process

Jiangnan University, Lihu Road No. 1800, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China

Received 3 May 2013; Accepted 29 May 2013

Academic Editor: Jun Wang

Copyright © 2013 Jinghu Yu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The material function of liquid materials for packaging plays an important role in analysis of its mechanical behavior. The mechanical behavior of material affects the packaging process in many aspects, such as selection of packaging materials and preparation of packaging method. Therefore, research on the material function of the liquid material is very helpful to guide the packaging process and look into how the packaging quality and efficiency are affected by the mechanical properties of material. This paper established the material function for the starch solution under shear process. With the relaxation test of the starch solution specimens, the function and dumping function were established and verified. Based on the memory function of starch solution, the material function of starch solution was constructed and approved to be efficiently predict the mechanical behavior during the shear process. Therefore, such material function can be used to guide the operation on the shear flow.

1. Introduction

Starches have been used for many years in the food industry, and their rheological properties decide different applications in food products [1, 2]. For this reason, their rheological behavior has deserved increasing attention. The nonlinear behavior of starch solution plays an important role in many packaging processes, and especially it affects the packaging material transmission speed and high weight measurement precision [3, 4]. Analysis of the nonlinear viscoelastic behavior of starch solution is of great importance for their rheological characterization.

The material function is the basis of the analysis on the starch solution. In order to establish its material function, the constitutive equation must be constructed according to the most suitable experiment [5]. It is often found that the Lodge model can successfully describe the behavior of rubber-like liquid under shear flow or elongational flow [6, 7]. The Lodge model can be expressed as follows: where is the stress at the current time , is the memory function specific for the material, and it can be established by suitable experiment. is the strain function dependent on the time , and it can be defined in the specific process.

Recently, the memory function is often expressed as a product of the memory function for the linear behavior and a so-called damping function [810]. Yu et al. [11] established and validated a rheological model that can be used to characterize viscoelastic properties of food gels during compression under small and large deformation [11]. The aim of this paper is to give experimental justification for linear behavior and the damping function . Taking the starch solution as sample, its material function was established based on the linear shear modulus and damping function . Through comparison of the experimental data and the calculated shear stress by the material function, the material function of starch solution was approved to be successfully describing the behavior of the starch solution under shear flow.

2. Experimental Materials and Methods

The type of modified starch is ULTRA-TEX 1 corn starch from National Starch Food Innovation. This kind of starch and distilled water were used to make different concentration starch solution. The whole experiment was performed on the Rheometer AR-2000 from TA instruments Ltd. The cone head was installed, and its angle is 2.8 degree. The constant test temperature is 25°C.

High shear rate and long time shear test were performed to find if the shear process affects the strain relaxation test. Shear rate influence on the strain can be found. Therefore, the memory function can be established by the many different strain relaxation tests.

3. Memory Function for the Nonlinear Viscoelastic Behavior

The memory function can characterize the mechanical property of the specific material [12]. According to Wagner [9, 10], for simple shear flow the generalized memory function is expressed by where is the linear modulus of material under small deformation. It describes the linear relationship between the strain and stress of material. The nonlinearity of the rheological behavior is only characterized by the dumping function .

For simple shear flow, the well known relations for the shear stress can be expressed by

In order to establish the shear modulus function and the damping function, the linear range of the relationship of the stress and strain must be found with strain sweep test. Figure 1 shows that the storage modulus , the lost modulus , and different degree delta are almost constant when the strain is less than 0.01. It indicates that the relationship of stress and strain of starch solution is linear during the step in shear strain from 0 to 0.01. Therefore, in the linear viscoelastic range the shear relaxation modulus can be given by

Figure 1: Strain sweep test from 0.0001 to 10 at the frequency 1.

According to the strain sweep test result, the suitable strain relaxation test was carried out. The measurement data of relaxation test was shown in Figure 2. The strain value of relaxation test is 0.3%, and it belongs to the linear viscoelastic range of 7% concentration starch solution.

Figure 2: Relaxation test within linear range of strain.

The recently published paper that approved the linear modulus function can be expressed by [13, 14]

Take the experiment data (Figure 2) to fit the function (5) with Origin 8.0, and the fitted linear modulus function can be expressed by

The linear modulus function characterizes the linear property of material during the small deformation. With certain deformation, the relationship of stress and strain is linear, and the shear modulus is only dependent on time . With the strain increasing, the relationship of stress and strain is nonlinear, and shear modulus is dependent on time and strain. The shear modulus function can be expressed by [15, 16] where is a damping function, and it is a function of strain . The damping function was added into the shear modulus to characterize the nonlinear property of material. It describes the relationship of the shear modulus and the strain.

Derived from (7), can be expressed by Many measurements of the relaxation modulus were performed in a nonlinear shear strain range of to 10% (Figure 3), where the starch solution behaves strongly nonlinear.

Figure 3: curve during the stress relaxation test under different strain for 0.3%, 4%, 20%, 100%, 300%, 600%, respectively.

According to the published data of damping function [17, 18], the following equation can be selected as the starch solution’s damping function:

Therefore, the relaxation modulus can be expressed as follows:

The measurements data was shown in Tables 1 and 2.

Table 1: The value of strain at  s in the different strain relaxation test.
Table 2: The value of dumping function at different strain.

The dumping function can be fitted by the measurements data. The fitted result was shown as follow:

Therefore, the shear modulus can be expressed as follow:

4. Calculation of Nonlinear Material Functions

The material function of starch solution can be established based on the Lodge model, and the stress under small deformation can be expressed by

Take (12) into (13), and the material function of starch solution can be expressed by where is the current strain. The shear history can be described by the following:

The verified experiment was carried out, and the result was shown in Figures 4 and 5.

Figure 4: Shear rate step flow test.
Figure 5: Predicted result of shear stress during the shear rate sweep test.

In the shear rate sweep test, the time and shear rate are known. Therefore, the strain can be calculated by shear rate and time. The above parameters were taken into (14) and the predict, result was shown in Figure 5.

Viscosity-shear rate curve of starch solution was shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6: Viscosity-shear rate curve.

It indicates that the viscosity of starch solution will become thin with the shear rate increasing.

The predicted results indicate that the material function constructed with memory function describes the flow behavior during the shear rate step test. The shape of predicts line based on the material function was very similar to the shape of measured data line. When the shear rate increases to infinite, both the predicted data and test data are close to the same value.

5. Conclusion

The memory function of starch solution can be constructed by the shear relaxation test. Based on the memory function, the material function of starch solution was established to predict the shear stress and viscosity during the steady shear flow. The predicted result shows that the material function can be used to describe the behavior of starch solution during the shear process.


This work was supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities under Grant no. JUSRP11203.


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