Rheology Course

The Amherst Rheology Course "Synergy of Experiment with Theory in Rheology" will be held on the 7th and 8th of April (sunday and Monday) prior to the AERC 2019 at the conference venue Grand Hotel Bernardin, Portorož, Slovenia.

Lectures by:

H. Henning Winter

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA/USA


Manfred H. Wagner

Technical University Berlin, Berlin / Germany


Ole Hassager

Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby


Objective of Course:  

A quantitative approach to rheology is presented and taught in tutorials: handling of data from rheological experiments, plotting, overlay, extraction of material parameters, modelling with theory, data storage and retrieval and more. On two parallel screens, short lectures on rheology fundamentals will be combined with hands-on tutorials. This will generate an interdisciplinary group experience of discussing rheological experiments and theory and application. On the first day, participants will master rheology on a quantitative level and also will learn the underlying concepts that lead to the quantitative results. Most of first day’s focus is on linear viscoelasticity. The second day has a strong focus on non-linear viscoelasticity and the underlying theory. Continued tutorials at the end of the second day will allow participants to see the rheology of their own materials in new ways, discover, and draw quantitative results. Experiment and theory are well integrated in the new teaching tools of the course.

Teaching Tool:

The two screens in parallel have the purpose of directly converting the taught material on the first screen into quantitative answers on the second screen. Participants will learn to merge experiment with theory graphically on their own PC. The hands-on rheology practice is supported by the IRIS software as teaching tool, which we will install on all PCs. Participants are requested to bring their own Windows-based PC so that they can participate in the many “hands-on” tutorial projects. The user-friendly IRIS platform allows exploration of the newest developments in rheology.

Payment and fees:

Information on the fees can be found here. The payment is done together with the conference registration fee.

NOTE: Every participant should have a laptop computer in order to experience the course fully.