thixotropy

Definitions

General Science

  • noun the property of becoming thinner or more fluid when shaken or stirred and returning to a gel state when allowed to stand, as in many paints

Construction

  • The property of a material that enables it to stiffen quickly while standing, but acquire lower viscosity with mechanical agitation, such as certain gels. Material having this property is called thixotropic. See also rheology.
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