Blood rheology in shear and uniaxial elongation

Alexander Kolbasov, Patrick M. Comiskey, Rakesh Prasad Sahu, Suman Sinha-Ray, Alexander Yarin, Basant Singh Sikarwar, Sungu Kim, Talukder Zaki Jubery, Daniel Attinger

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Despite being at the same time a very common and precious fluid, the rheological properties of blood have not been thoroughly investigated. In this manuscript, the rheology of swine blood is characterized. The rheology study is performed in shear flow and in uniaxial elongation. Measurements show that blood is a shear-thinning and viscoelastic fluid. The relaxation time and elongational viscosity of blood are measured. The relaxation time is found in agreement with a recent measurement by Brust et al. (2013). It is shown for the first time that the elongational viscosity can be 1000 times higher than the shear viscosity. Implications in biology and forensics are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalRheologica Acta
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016 Sep 22
Externally publishedYes


  • Blood rheology
  • Elongational viscosity
  • Shear flow
  • Viscoelasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Kolbasov, A., Comiskey, P. M., Sahu, R. P., Sinha-Ray, S., Yarin, A., Sikarwar, B. S., Kim, S., Jubery, T. Z., & Attinger, D. (Accepted/In press). Blood rheology in shear and uniaxial elongation. Rheologica Acta, 1-8.