Rheological properties of carboxymethyl cellulose

Mamdouh T. Ghannam, M. Nabil Esmail

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This work is a complete and comprehensive study of the rheological properties of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) solutions. The study was carried out using the computer controlled RheoStress RS100 system of Haake. CMC concentration in the test solutions ranged by weight from 1 to 5%. This range was sufficiently wide to reveal the nearly Newtonian behavior at the lower end of concentrations, and the definitely pseudoplastic, thixotropic, and viscoelastic behaviors of CMC solutions at the higher end of concentrations. The scope of the study included measurements of steady-state parameters, transient shear stress response, and yield stress. In addition, the thixotropic, creep recovery, and dynamic responses of solutions with high concentrations were measured.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-301
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 11 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Carboxymethyl cellulose
  • Creep recovery
  • Oscillating stress
  • Thixotropy
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Viscosity
  • Yield stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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