Academic Research Papers from the projects funded in Phase 1 of the Network
NRN142 Sheer Thinning of Noncolloidal Suspensions
American Physical Society
In this letter we propose a non-Newtonian model of interparticle lubrication forces to explain shear thinning in noncolloidal suspensions. We show that hidden shear-thinning effects of the suspending medium, which occur at shear rates orders of magnitude larger than the range investigated experimentally, lead to significant shear thinning of the overall suspension at much smaller shear rates.
NRN093 The Significance of Fullerene Electron Acceptors in Organic Solar Cell Photo-Oxidation
Taylor and Francis Online
Stability of organic solar cells requires development before their commercialisation is possible. This review will give a brief overview of organic solar cells and their stability, before focussing on the photochemical stability of the active layer.
NRN119 - Distortion-resistant and locking-free eight node elements effectively capturing the edge effects of Mindlin-Reissner plates
A simple shape-free high-order hybrid displacement function element method is presented for precise bending analyses of Mindlin–Reissner plates. Three distortion-resistant and locking-free eight-node plate elements are proposed by utilizing this method.
NRN113 - Three-dimensional all-dielectric metamaterial solid immersion lens for subwavelength imaging at visible frequencies
Although all-dielectric metamaterials offer a low-loss alternative to current metal-based metamaterials to manipulate light at the nanoscale and may have important applications, very few have been reported to date owing to the current nanofabrication technologies.
NRNF28 - Quantification of in-vivo pre-strains in human aortic valve leaflets
Herein we present a completely non-invasive approach for determining heterogeneous strains – both functional and residual – in semilunar valves and apply it to normal human AV leaflets. Transesophageal 3D echocardiographic (3DE) images of the AV were acquired from open-heart transplant patients, with each AV leaflet excised after heart explant and then imaged in a flattened configuration ex-vivo.