Introduction to Rheology (October 10-11, 2017)


This module addresses doctoral students in chemistry, physics, biophysics, and related fields without much prior knowledge or experience in rheological theory and experiments. It introduces the basic theoretical and technical concepts of applications of rheology in polymer science.


During the first half day of the two-day program the necessary theoretical knowledge will be communicated in a series of lectures accompanied by discussions of  selected applications and problems. The program of the second half of the first day and the 2nd day will consist of hands-on experiments and demonstrations in the lab followed by a tutorial in which the acquired knowledge will used for the analysis of the measured data.


  • Basic principles of rheology: definition of mechanical parameters, relation between time and frequency dependent measurements, framework of linear response theory, typical frequency and temperature dependencies for polymeric materials, selected theoretical concepts, selected examples from non-linear rheology.
  • Technical aspects of rheology: typical experimental setups, measurement range of modern rheometers, influence of sample geometry.

Hands-on lab course:

  • Measurements of frequency and temperature dependence of a typical polymer sample, determination of characteristic parameters.
  • Free time for test measurements with a sample from daily life with unknown properties.

Terms and Applications

Date: October 10-11, 2017
Time: 9.15-5pm
Venue: to be announced
Group size: maximal 6
Language: English


Klaus Schröter, Martha Schulz

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