Module Identifier MAM0120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr R S Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Russell Davies  
Course delivery Lecture   16 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 x 1 hour example classes  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Coursework.100%
Supplementary Assessment Coursework.100%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

This module provides a brief introduction to the traditional modelling of complex fluids using constitutive equations of Maxwell/Oldroyd type. Contemporary constitutive theories based on FENE-type kinetic theory models will be introduced in the context of micro-macro modelling of complex fluids. The dynamics of polymer melts will be described using reptation and pom-pom models. The mathematical equivalence between Fokker-Planck equations and stochastic differential equations will be explained as well as the relevance of this result for numerical simulations.


This module will provide an introduction to the mathematical modelling of complex fluids using both traditional models based on differential and integral constitutive relationships and contemporary models based on kinetic theory.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
H. A. Barnes, J. Hutton and K. Walters (1989) An introduction to rheology Elsevier 0444871403
M. J. Crochet, A. R. Davies and K. Walters (1984) Numerical simulation of non-Newtonian Flow Elsevier 0444422927
R. G. Owens and T. N. Phillips (2002) Computational Rheology Imperial College Press 1860941869


This module is at CQFW Level 7