The Viscosity Anomaly Near the Lower Critical Consolute Point1

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Shear viscosity measurements for a critical mixture of 3-methylpyridine + heavy water near a lower critical consolute point are reported. The background contribution was determined from viscosity measurements of mixture at a noncritical composition. In the entire investigated temperature range Tc – T≤ 15.6 K, the viscosity of the critical mixture exceeds the background contribution, and the critical enhancement is important. The increase of the viscosity near critical is found in the temperature range TcT≤ 1.82 K. The critical exponent y = 0.0415 ± 0.002 and the wave number Q = (0.40 ± 0.07) nm−1 are determined.

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