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|| David V. Boger
Ph.D., 1965, University of Illinois
|Ph : 352-846-1194
|Properties of viscoelastic fluids including
|Particulate-suspension non-Newtonian fluids
and their processing
Professor David Boger’s contributions to fundamental
research in fluid mechanics are highlighted by a class
of fluids which now bear his name globally – Boger
Fluids. These fluids are constant-viscosity elastic (non-Newtonian)
fluids that behave as both liquids and solids. The detailed
experimental investigations using such materials to define
fluid elasticity effects in important flows, the linking
of basic surface chemistry to the continuum properties
and processing of particulate fluids and the development
of novel methods for flow property measurement have resulted
in significant industrial outcomes in the petroleum, food,
polymer and minerals industries.
The best known application of this research in Australia
was solving the problem of disposing of ‘red mud’
(the waste product of the processing of bauxite to alumina),
which was pivotal to developing environmentally acceptable
processes for mining the low-grade bauxite in Western
Australia. In addition to the financial benefits to the
alumina industry, the work has been recognised by a series
of national and international awards for its contribution
to environmental management. There is a major activity
in exploiting rheology for waste minimisation in the minerals
Another major achievement resulting from Professor Boger’s
research has been the development of a methodology by
which the fluidity of high wax content crude oils is maintained
for unimpeded pipeline transportation, providing significant
financial gains to the oil industry.
Professor Boger’s fundamental work on non-Newtonian
fluids has application also to the behaviour of drops
of fluids. His recent research is linked to applications
in atomisation, inkjet printing, delivery of agricultural
chemicals, and with intelligent gels. In addition, fluid
flow has become an important component of nanotechnology,
offering new horizons for Boger Fluids. His current interest
is in sustainability, rheology and the triple bottom line.
Professor Boger has been awarded numerous prizes for
his research including the Annual Award of the British
Society of Rheology in 1983 for notable contributions
to rheology, and the 1995 Walter Ahlström Environmental
Prize awarded annually by the Finnish Academies of Technology
in recognition of significant technological achievements
which advance industrial applications using energy and
raw materials. He is a Fellow of the
Learned Academies of Science and of Technological Sciences
and Engineering. In 2003, Professor Boger received
the Clunies Ross National Science and
Technology Award, following from the Chemeca
Medal of the Institution of Chemical Engineers
and the Flinders Medal of the Australian
Academy of Science in 2000, and the Victoria
Prize in 2002. In 2004, Professor Boger received
the British Society of Rheology Gold
Medal, its highest award.
| Recent Publications
||Rodd, L.E., Scott, T.P., Boger, D.V.,
Cooper-White, J.J. and McKinley, G.H., “The Inertio-Elastic
Planar Entry Flow of Low-Viscosity Elastic Fluids in
Micro-Fabricated Geometries,” J. Non-Newtonian
Fluid Mech., 129(1) (2005) 1.
||Boger, D.V., “Rheology and the Triple
Bottom Line,” Rheology Bulletin, 75(1) (2006) 4.
||Rodd, L.E., Cooper-White, J.J., Boger,
D.V. and McKinley, G.H., “Role of the elasticity
Number in the Entry Flow of Dilute Polymer Solutions
in Micro-Fabricated Contraction Geometries,” J.
Non-Newtonian Fluid Mech., 143(2-3) (2007) 170.
||Lubansky, A.S., Boger, D.V., Servais,
C., Burbidge, A.S. and Cooper-White, J.J., “An
Approximate Solution to Flow through a Contraction for
High Trouton Ratio Fluids,” J. Non-Newtonian Fluid
Mech., 143(2-3) (2007) 87.
||Fisher, D.T., Boger, D.V. and P.J. Scales,
P.J., “The Bucket Rheometer for Shear Stress-Shear
Rate Measurement of Industrial Suspensions,” J.
Rheol., 51(5) (2007) 821.