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Definitions for dilatant
dɪˈleɪt nt, daɪ-di·la·tant

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  1. dilatant(Noun)

    A dilator.

  2. dilatant(Noun)

    A substance whose viscosity increases with rate of shear.

  3. dilatant(Adjective)

    Tending to dilate, or causing dilation

  4. dilatant(Adjective)

    Exhibiting dilatancy


  1. Dilatant

    A dilatant material is one in which viscosity increases with the rate of shear strain. Such a shear thickening fluid, also known by the acronym STF, is an example of a non-Newtonian fluid. A shear thickening fluid, also called a dilatant, is a Non-Newtonian fluid where the shear viscosity increases with applied shear stress. This behavior is only one type of deviation from Newton’s Law, and it is controlled by such factors as particle size, shape, and distribution. The properties of these suspensions depend on Hamaker theory and Van der Waals forces and can be stabilized electrostatically or sterically. Shear thickening behavior occurs when a colloidal suspension transitions from a stable state to a state of flocculation. Such behavior is currently being researched for use in body armor applications by companies like Dow Corning with their Active Protection System. A large portion of the properties of these systems are due to the surface chemistry of particles in dispersion, known as colloids. This can readily be seen with a mixture of cornstarch and water, which acts in counterintuitive ways when struck or thrown against a surface. Sand that is completely soaked with water also behaves as a dilatant material. This is the reason why when walking on wet sand, a dry area appears underneath your foot.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dilatant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dilatant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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