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General Support

1. Patches will be made available in regular time intervals, depending on need.
2. Annual upgrades will be offered on June 1 of each year (if needed).
3. Training sessions and short courses can be arranged at any time.

Interactive Support while IRIS is Open

The IRIS program is written with the intention of navigating the user without much reading of a manual. The help-buttons in the toolbar provide sufficient explanation without disrupting the work with IRIS. At all times, a help text appears in the status bar at the lower edge of your screen (if absent, go to 'view' and activate 'status bar'). Its help text will give direct guidance. You will find many details by opening the program and by just starting to work with IRIS. Only some basic directions are given in the following few manual pages. In the manual, we encourage further explorations with occasional tutorials. Answers to some frequently asked questions can be found in the back of the manual. You will also find a 'picture tour' (.PPT file) on the CD. It shows typical graphs which you might encounter during your work with IRIS.
The major part of the IRIS program concerns mechanical spectroscopy as explained in a book chapter on Mechanical Spectroscopy by Mours and Winter (2000), see reference on bottom of this page and copy on CD. The IRIS program together with this book chapter constitutes an effective teaching tool and simultaneously a 'work horse' for the rheology laboratory. Many details are explained systematically in the book chapter and are not repeated here. Some sections of IRIS, however, exceed the realm of mechanical spectroscopy and lead you into a full dialog with viscoelasticity, an all encompassing investigation of the viscoleastic properties of your materials. The data from mechanical spectroscopy are the starting position for this dialog.

Reference: Mours M, Winter HH (2000) Mechanical Spectroscopy. Tanaka T, Ed, Experimental Methods in Polymer Science: Modern Methods in Polymer Research and Technology, Academic Press, San Diego CA. p. 495-546.

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