Physico-Chemical Properties of Viscoelastic Aqueous Detergent Solutions

Part II. Viscosity and flow birefringence of aqueous solutions of cetyl trimethyl ammonium salicylate
  • Signe Gravsholt


Thermodynamically stable aqueous solutions of the cationic detergent cetyl trimethyl ammonium salicylate show viscoelastic behavior at concentrations slightly above the critical micelle concentration. At very low shear rates (γ < 0.2 s-1 ) the solutions are Newtonian, whereas at higher shear rates the solutions are rheopectic. Shear stress relaxation curves indicate 3 relaxation times in the range of 1 to 20 min. Calculated on the basis of the low shear measurements the size of the micelles seems to vary drastically with concentration, from a length of 100 nm at 0.5 mM to 750 nm at 1.0 mM. The viscoelastic solutions also show strong flow birefringence.


Shear Rate Critical Micelle Concentration Cetyl Trimethyl Ammonium Bromide High Shear Rate Cetyl Trimethyl Ammonium Bromide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Signe Gravsholt
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  1. 1.Fysisk-Kemisk InstitutThe Technical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark

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