Rheology is the study of flow and deformation of materials. Materials are everywhere: they are foods like mayonnaise and artificial meat. They are toothpaste gels, or concrete walls or glue on a post-it note or protein surfactants in an emulsion. Rheology is therefore a widely used tool relevant for both applied and fundamental research. The versatility of the subject makes that a broad understanding of the underlying concepts is essential to perform experiments and interpret data. This course aims to offer such a broad view.
The course is useful for persons who need to get involved in, or improve on their rheology experiments. An ideal knowledge background consists of the WUR courses FPH-10306, MAT-14803/14903, FPE-20806, PCC-20806, PCC-12303 and/or the equivalent basics in linear algebra, multivariable calculus, differential equations, physics of polymers/fluids and states of matter. A knowledge of Matlab and/or Python is helpful to do some of the (optional) exercises in data analysis.
After the course, we expect the participant to have obtained a broader knowledge of the basic considerations and concerns in rheological experimentation, data analysis and interpretation.
To this end, we will provide handles to develop an awareness of, and acquire the ability to identify common sources of error in experimental preparation, setup and execution. Also, participants should be able to identify the reliability interval in acquired experimental data, and extract material characteristics from such data.
- Essential concepts in rheology and materials science
- Selecting rheology methods
- Common sources of errors in experiments
- Introduction rheology theory: Maxwell model and variations
- Combining rheology with other methods
- Dr Joshua Dijksman, Physical chemistry and soft matter, Wageningen University & Research
- Dr Leonard Sagis, Physics and physical chemistry of foods, Wageningen University & Research
Date & duration
The course will be held both on campus and online (hybrid) from 13-20 September 2020. The 2h course lectures will run every day in this week in the afternoon. On 20 September there will be session to discuss homework. On 21 September there will be a full day mini symposium with external speakers (TBD) and an opportunity for some course participants to present their work.
The study load of this course is 1 ECTS credits for the entire course, including symposium and homework.
The course language will be English.
For more information please contact: Mrs. Eva Oudshoorn
The Graduate School VLAG
P.O. Box 17
6700 AA Wageningen
Phone: +31 317 485310
Location & accommodation
Lectures will be on Wageningen campus (if possible) and online (hybrid).
To register for this course use the button below
The final registration date for the course is 13 August 2021. Maximum number of registries is 40 and based first comes first served.
Applicants will be informed of acceptance before 1 August.
Information on the registration for the sympsium only will be available in July.
The course fee depends on the participant's affiliation:
Course fee (including symposium)
|| € 0
|VLAG/WU PhD candidates
|| € 0
|All other PhD candidates
|| € 100
|University Staff, Non profit staff
|| € 200
| Industry/for profit
|| € 400
- No charge until 13 August 2021
- 25% of the course fee paid or due till 6 September 2021
- No refund after 6 September 2021