CHE 596 Polymer Rheology and Processing

This introductory course is designed to offer a broad overview of rheological principles. Prior knowledge in the subject is not required and participants from any discipline are welcome. The course content will have three components: general principles, experimental methods, and applications. The last part will focus on specific systems (e.g. suspensions, foams, gels, coatings, etc.). Major experimental techniques will be discussed, and, participants having taken this course will be familiar with the peculiar flow characteristics of complex systems, be able to quantify Non-Newtonian fluids and be able to interpret /design rheological experiments. Unlike traditional engineering courses that focus on mathematical solutions, the emphasis will be on interpreting physical situations, analyzing/examining experimental results and designing/proposing methods and experiments to probe fundamental hypothesis. 3 credit hours


• Prerequisite

B.S. degree in engineering or related area with background in differential equations.

• Course Outline

The topics covered in the course will include the following:

General Overview: flow phenomena in polymeric fluids, mathematical preliminaries
Material functions for Polymer Liquids
Generalized Newtonian Fluids
Linear Viscoelasticity
Gels and Chemorheology of Reacting Systems
Suspensions and Multiphase Systems
Polymer Melts and Solutions

• Textbook

Macosko, Christopher W. RHEOLOGY: Principles, Measurements and Applications, Wiley and Sons, 1994. Additional handouts will also be provided.

• Optional Texts

Bird, R. Byron, Robert C. Armstrong and Ole Hassager, Dynamics of Polymer Liquids, Vol. 1, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 1987.

Morrison, Faith A., Understanding Rheology , Oxford University Press, 2001

Larson, Ronald G., The Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids, Oxford University Press, 1999.

• Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned approximately every other week. (10%)

EXAMINATIONS: There will be two examinations, a mid-term and a final. (70%)


PROJECTS: Students will be required to perform critical reviews of two recently published rheology articles. The format of the reviews will be discussed later in the course. (20%)

• Computer and Internet Requirements

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• Instructor

Dr. Saad Khan, Professor
Director of Graduate Program

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Engineering Bldg I (COE I) 2034, Box 7905
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: (919) 515-4519
Fax: (919) 515-3465
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