Synergy of Experiment with Theory in Rheology

a two-day interactive rheology course in which the entire class uses IRIS Rheo-Hub for tutorials.



All lectures and tutorials are given in English.

General Objectives

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.

Course Objectives and Prerequisites

The short course will build on the new teaching tools for rheology that became available with the IRIS rheology software. Short lectures on rheology will be combined with hands-on tutorials. The participants will learn to merge experiment and theory graphically on the PC screen. This approach allows us to introduce a wide audience the newest developments in rheology (linear and non-linear viscoelasticity of polymers). Our goal is that participants will master rheology on a quantitative level and also understand the underlying concepts that lead to the quantitative results. The only prerequisites for participants are basic computer knowledge (no computer language needed) and elementary knowledge in rheology.

In the course, we will jointly analyze rheological data, perform calculations with empirical models, use advanced theory to relate molecular architecture to the rheology of polymers, combine experimental results and theory graphically, and discuss the results.

You are encouraged to bring your own rheological data and see what is possible. Instead of the classroom computers, you can also use your own laptop and see how easy it is to get started.




Come and learn about the new approach to rheology. For newcomers to IRIS, the course enrollment allows to include a one-year license of the most recent IRIS release (complete). Enrollment without licensing is also possible.