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PhD Course: Introduction to rheology

Beginner-level introduction to rheology

Course content:

‘Introduction to Rheology’ addresses mainly PhD students but also to industry representatives (subject to admission fees) that wish to enhance their knowledge of rheology.

The course offers a broad overview of rheology fundamentals and an overview of some of the main types of complex fluids. The tentative lecture topics are:

Rheology Fundamentals, Measurement techniques, Dispersions – with emphasis on cellulose-based systems), Introduction to rheometry, Rheology of suspensions, Food and bio-rheology, Modelling and simulation, applications to bio-systems, Introduction to paper coating rheology, Combined rheological methods, Polymeric materials and composites – including biocomposites – and Combined Rheological Methods.

In addition to lectures, the course includes project work and an exam.

The course schedule will be updated before the course begins.

Learning objectives:

After the course, the student will have a basic understanding of rheological concepts, testing methods, and the fundamental rheological properties of dispersions, polymeric materials and composites and others. 

March 17-21, 2022




March 11, 2022



Roland Kádár (Chalmers), Mats Stading (RISE) Magnus Lestelius (Karlstad University) Invited lecturers: Kim Nygård, Ann Terry (MAX IV), Natalie Germann (TU Dortmund).


The course literature is broad, however, books on the fundamentals of rheology are particularly helpful, such as: H.A. Barnes, J.F. Hutton and K. Walters, An Introduction to Rheology, Elsevier Amsterdam, 1989 C.W. Macosko Rheology principles, measurement, and applications, Wiley-VCH, 1994 R.G. Larson, The Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids, Oxford University Press, 1999. A glossary of basic rheological terms can also be found at


Course fee:

(i) as PhD student aiming to take the exam at the end of the course. This is free of charge, however, the maximum attendance is limited to 25 people. (ii) as anyone wishing to get acquainted or enhance your knowledge in the area

Course responsible:

Roland Kádár (Chalmers) and Mats Stading (RISE)

The course will be open also for industry representatives (subject to admission fees) that wish to further their knowledge of rheology.

Place: Cyberspace (likely through Zoom; PhD students at Chalmers will be able to attend on location, if compliant with the official recommendations)

Maximum number of participants: Maximum PhD students: 25; Fee paying audience, unlimited.





































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