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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 21-25, 2024




February 16, 2024



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:

For Treesearch associated Ph.D-students and post-doc the course is free of charge. For persons from Industries associated to Treesearch the course cost is 5000 SEK for one person, 9000 SEK (4500 SEK/person) for two persons and 12000 SEK (4000 SEK/person) for three persons. For persons belonging to organizations not associated to Treesearch the cost is 21 300 SEK.

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: Chalmers, but possible to follow digital.

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

You can make a registration of interest through Treesearch but the final registration will be through the Chalmers system.




































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