Electrostatic Effects as a Tool to Adjust Rheological Behavior


Reference #: 01522

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Rheology is the science that studies the flow phenomena of matter and is concerned with the relationship between shear stress and shear strain.

Invention Description: 

Our method provides a tool to tune the behavior of some specific fluids to make them flow easier with increased accessibility in porous media (e.g., oil recovery).

Potential Applications:

It can be a drilling fluid for the oil well for which our method is able to reduce the operation cost and increase production, or it can make the production of thin films for food packaging easier. Also, it can be utilized for 3D printing of hydrogels or casting the thin film with antibacterial and self-cleaning properties.

Advantages and Benefits:

Our method is a general, low-cost, simple rheological tuning method. It has a broad range of applications from 3D printing and thin film making in biology and electronics to enhancing oil recovery or improving drilling fluid for an oil well.

Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
Electrostatic-Based Methods and Systems for Control of Rheological Behavior Utility United States 17/703,193   3/24/2022     Published
For Information, Contact:
Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Abolfazl Shakouri
Horie Adabi Firouzjaie
Marjorie Nicholson
J.R. (John) Regalbuto
Fluid Flow
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