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Rheological Measurements Short Course
Application to Polymers, Dispersions and Processing
Director: Professor Chris Macosko
Upcoming Course: July 2014*
This site reflects the June 10-15, 2012 course content which will be similar in 2014.
Rheological Measurements is an intensive short course at the University of Minnesota. It is designed to give practicing engineers and chemists an understanding of rheology fundamentals, principles of measurements, and applications to problem solving.
Hands-on experience with commercial rheometers is provided. Emphasis is on optimal instrumental techniques, data reduction and interpretation, and case study applications. Included are: polymer solutions and melts, dispersions (suspensions), gels, foods, colloids, crosslinking systems, biological/biomedical, microfluidic, and process flow applications.
Extensive course notes are provided. For additional information, attendees may wish to purchase Professor Chris Macosko's textbook "Rheology: Principles, Measurements and Applications".
The course is four days, Monday through Thursday, with optional Sunday evening and Friday morning sessions. Course brochure.
Course Features and Benefits
Small group laboratory sessions
Opportunity for additional lab time
Limited enrollment to optimize learning
Faculty and staff work closely with attendees
Use of Polymer Characterization Facility Rheology Lab instruments
* The Rheological Measurements Short Course will not be offered in 2013. In the meantime, we recommend attending the Rheoschool course offered September 2-6, 2013 at the European School of Rheology, Katholieke Universitiet in Leuven, Belgium.