Module Identifier MAM0320  
Module Title PARAMETER ESTIMATION IN CONTINUUM AND STOCHASTIC MODELS  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr David M Binding  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr David M Binding  
Course delivery Lecture   8 Hours. (8 x 1 hour lectures)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 Hours. (2 x 1 hour tutorials)  
  Practical   18 Hours. (6 x 3 hour practicals)  
Assessment
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment coursework [practical reports (80%); oral examination (20%)]100%
Supplementary Assessment coursework [practical reports]100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Analyse data from a range of rheometrical experiments.
2. Determine the viscosity of a material as a function of shear-rate.
3. Perform time-temperature superposition.
4. Determine the discrete relaxation spectrum from oscillatory shear data.

Brief 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.

Aims

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.

Reading Lists

Books
** Recommended Text
A. A. Collyer (1993) Techniques in rheological measurement Chapman and Hall 0412534908
H. A. Barnes, J. Hutton and K. Walters (1989) An introduction to rheology Elsevier 0444871403
R. G. Owens and T. N. Phillips (2002) Computational Rheology Imperial College Press 1860941869

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7