Thixotropic fluid


The viscosity of the fluid decreases with agitation and the fluid becomes thinner.

Non-drip paint is a common thixothropic fluid along with some clays (kaolin), paints and printing inks that flow only when force (brushing or rolling pressure) is applied to them.

Thixothropic fluids seldom present any problems for mechanical seals except for color contamination as the black carbon face wears.