The Amherst Rheology Course (ARC), held annualy since 2004:
Synergy of Experiment with Theory in Rheology
a two-day interactive rheology tutorial in which
"Rheo-Hub" serves at training software (installed on laptops of all participants).
For solving complex problems at the frontiers of materials science, rheology is an essential tool. Materials scientists and engineers should be able to easily exchange rheological data and to merge data with theoretical viewpoints. Advances in material development, for instance, will strongly depend on the availability of rheology tools and skills. Such skills will be taught to participants of the Amherst Rheology Course with the objective of bringing together experimentalists, theoreticians, and practicioners. Enabling cyberinfrastructure tools will be introduced, explained in detail, and practiced.
The Amherst Rheology Courses are suppoted by "Rheo-Hub", the rheology tool kit of IRIS Development LLC. With "Rheo-Hub", the world's leading rheology groups share their software for general use. A "user" enters a virtual environment that instantly activates a research scenario in which he/she can explore authentic research questions, follow up on thought experiments, ask what-if questions and visualize results before continuing to further analysis and exploration. Software codes and documentation from each of the rheology expert groups are represented by one or more software “engines” which are connected to a domain platform on the users’ laptops. The “user” of Rheo-Hub can be a student, a teacher, an industrial practitioner, or any independent learner or researcher.
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The general approach is described in a recent article on the
"Amherst Cyber Infrastructure Initiative for rheology"