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Rheological Measurements Short Course


Application to Polymers, Dispersions and Processing


This web site describes Minnesota's Rheological Measurements Short Course that was held in June 2016. The course is conducted every two years, in the even years; the next one will be in the summer of 2018. A similar course is held in September in the odd years at KU Leuven, Belgium: European School on Rheology.


Director: Professor Chris Macosko
June 19 - 24, 2016

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 book: "Rheology: Principles, Measurements and Applications".

The course is four days, Monday through Thursday, with optional Sunday evening (June 19) and Friday morning (June 24) sessions.

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