Module Identifier MAM0320  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Arthur Davies  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr David Binding  
Course delivery Tutorial   2 x 1 hour tutorials  
  Practical   6 x 3 hour practicals  
  Lecture   8 x 1 hour lectures  
Assessment Course work   Practical Reports (80%); Oral examination (20%)   100%  
  Resit assessment   Practical reports   100%  

General description

This module provides an introduction to modern and emerging techniques in parameter estimation for complex fluids. The theory and practice of data analysis for extracting material parameters and functions from rheometrical experiments will be described. In particular, the determination of viscosity as a function of shear-rate, time-temperature superposition and the determination of the discrete relaxation spectrum from the dynamic moduli will be examined. The characterisation of materials using simple and complex flows will be considered as well as advances in intelligent instrumentation.


This module will provide an introduction to the analysis of rheometrical data. The module will provide students with the skills necessary to analyse data output from rheometrical experiments and to use them to determine material parameters and functions in continuum and stochastic models.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
H. A. Barnes, J. Hutton and K. Walters. (1989) An introduction to rheology. Elsevier 0444871403
A. A. Collyer. (1993) Techniques in rheological measurement. Chapman and Hall 0412534908