Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Perspectives on viscoelastic flow instabilities and elastic turbulence

Datta, Sujit S.; Ardekani, Arezoo M.; Arratia, Paulo E.; Beris, Antony N.; Bischofberger, Irmgard; McKinley, Gareth H.; Eggers, Jens G.; López-Aguilar, J. Esteban; Fielding, Suzanne M.; Frishman, Anna; Graham, Michael D.; Guasto, Jeffrey S.; Haward, Simon J.; Shen, Amy Q.; Hormozi, Sarah; Morozov, Alexander; Poole, Robert J.; Shankar, V.; Shaqfeh, Eric S.G.; Stark, Holger; Steinberg, Victor; Subramanian, Ganesh; Stone, Howard A.

Perspectives on viscoelastic flow instabilities and elastic turbulence Thumbnail


Sujit S. Datta

Arezoo M. Ardekani

Paulo E. Arratia

Antony N. Beris

Irmgard Bischofberger

Gareth H. McKinley

Jens G. Eggers

J. Esteban López-Aguilar

Anna Frishman

Michael D. Graham

Jeffrey S. Guasto

Simon J. Haward

Amy Q. Shen

Sarah Hormozi

Alexander Morozov

Robert J. Poole

V. Shankar

Eric S.G. Shaqfeh

Holger Stark

Victor Steinberg

Ganesh Subramanian

Howard A. Stone


Viscoelastic fluids are a common subclass of rheologically complex materials that are encountered in diverse fields from biology to polymer processing. Often the flows of viscoelastic fluids are unstable in situations where ordinary Newtonian fluids are stable, owing to the nonlinear coupling of the elastic and viscous stresses. Perhaps more surprisingly, the instabilities produce flows with many of the hallmarks of turbulence—even though the effective Reynolds numbers may be O ( 1 ) or smaller. We provide perspectives on viscoelastic flow instabilities by integrating the input from speakers at a recent international workshop: historical remarks, characterization of fluids and flows, discussion of experimental and simulation tools, and modern questions and puzzles that motivate further studies of this fascinating subject. The materials here will be useful for researchers and educators alike, especially as the subject continues to evolve in both fundamental understanding and applications in engineering and the sciences.


Datta, S. S., Ardekani, A. M., Arratia, P. E., Beris, A. N., Bischofberger, I., McKinley, G. H., …Stone, H. A. (2022). Perspectives on viscoelastic flow instabilities and elastic turbulence. Physical Review Fluids, 7(8), Article 080701.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 21, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 29, 2022
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date Oct 31, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 31, 2022
Journal Physical Review Fluids
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 8
Article Number 080701


Published Journal Article (10.8 Mb)

Copyright Statement
Reprinted with permission from the American Physical Society: Datta, Sujit S., Ardekani, Arezoo M., Arratia, Paulo E., Beris, Antony N., Bischofberger, Irmgard, McKinley, Gareth H., Eggers, Jens G., López-Aguilar, J. Esteban, Fielding, Suzanne M., Frishman, Anna, Graham, Michael D., Guasto, Jeffrey S., Haward, Simon J., Shen, Amy Q., Hormozi, Sarah, Morozov, Alexander, Poole, Robert J., Shankar, V., Shaqfeh, Eric S. G., Stark, Holger, Steinberg, Victor, Subramanian, Ganesh & Stone, Howard A. (2022). Perspectives on viscoelastic flow instabilities and elastic turbulence. Physical Review Fluids 7(8): 080701 © (2022) by the American Physical Society. Readers may view, browse, and/or download material for temporary copying purposes only, provided these uses are for noncommercial personal purposes. Except as provided by law, this material may not be further reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, adapted, performed, displayed, published, or sold in whole or part, without prior written permission from the American Physical Society.

You might also like

Downloadable Citations