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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. 

Spring 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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