Driven Bead Rheology of Mucus
We have used our 3DFM and magnetic high throughput technology to successfully measure the viscoelastic properties of mucus and have used concentrated DNA solutions as a viscoelastic standard to compare with funda-mental polymer physics models. We have demonstrated that our driven magnetic bead rheology (DMBR) methodology can measure the viscoelastic properties of fluids, including shear thinning, and in the limit where the probe size is larger than the characteristic size of the medium, replicate the properties measured by tradi-tional cone and plate rheometry (CAP). Most important is to appreciate the heterogeneity of these specimens. This can be quantified by observing the spread in driven bead values.
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