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An Introduction to Rheology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444874696, 9780080933696

An Introduction to Rheology, Volume 3

1st Edition

Editor: K. Walters
Paperback ISBN: 9781493302611
eBook ISBN: 9780080933696
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444871404
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 1st June 1989
Page Count: 200
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. What is rheology? Historical perspective. The importance of non-linearity. Solids and liquids. Rheology is a difficult subject. Components of rheological research. 2. Viscosity. Practical ranges of variables which affect viscosity. The shear-dependent viscosity of non-Newtonian liquids. Viscometers for measuring shear viscosity. 3. Linear Viscoelasticity. The meaning and consequences of linearity. The Kelvin and Maxwell models. The Relaxation Spectrum. Oscillatory shear. Relationships between functions of linear viscoelasticity. Methods of measurement. 4. Normal Stresses. The nature and origin of normal stresses. Typical behaviour of N1 and N2. Observable consequences of N1 and N2. Methods of measuring N1 and N2. Relationships between viscometric functions and linear viscoelastic functions. 5. Extensional Viscosity. Importance of extensional flow. Theoretical considerations. Experimental methods. Experimental results. Some demonstrations of high extensional viscosity behaviour. 6. Rheology of Polymeric Liquids. General behaviour. Effect of temperature on polymer rheology. Effect of molecular weight on polymer rheology. Effect of concentration on the rheology of polymer solutions. Polymer gels. Liquid crystal polymers. Molecular theories. The method of reduced variables. Empirical relations between rheological functions. Practical applications. 7. Rheology of Suspensions. The viscosity of suspensions of solid particles in Newtonian liquids. The colloidal contribution to viscosity. Viscoelastic properties of suspensions. Suspensions of deformable particles. The interaction of suspended particles with polymer molecules also present in the continuous phase. Computer simulation studies of suspension rheology. 8. Theoretical Rheology. Basic principles of continuum mechanics. Successful applications of the formulation principles. Some general constitutive equations. Constitutive equations for restricted classes of flows. Simple constitutive equations of the Oldroyd/Maxwell type. Solution of flow problems. (Chapters include an Introduction). Glossary of Rheological Terms. References. Author Index. Subject Index.


Rheology is, by common consent, a difficult subject and some of the theoretical components are often viewed as being of prohibitive complexity by scientists without a strong mathematical background. There are also the difficulties inherent in any multidisciplinary science like rheology for those with a specific training. Therefore, newcomers to the field are sometimes discouraged, and for them the existing texts on the subject - some of which are outstanding - are of limited assistance because of their depth of detail and highly mathematical nature.

This book introduces the subject of rheology in terms understandable to non-experts and describes the application of rheological principles to many industrial products and processes. It provides a simple but authoritative guide which shows clearly how mathematics, physics and chemistry have contributed to the development of rheology. The generic features of all liquid-like materials are summarised, i.e. viscosity, linear viscoelasticity, normal stresses and extensional viscosity. Particular systems are then discussed, i.e. polymeric liquids and suspensions. The final chapter gives an outline of the theoretical advances which have been made. Consistent notation and nomenclature have been used throughout the book, and the key textbooks and publications which will enable the reader to follow up particular topics are listed.


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@from:David V. Boger, The University of Melbourne, Australia
@qu:Barnes and Hutton, with their years of industrial experience in application of Rheology, have combined with the academic maturity of Walters to create the first text for the beginner in Rheology - either for the student who has not had the appropriate formal training, for the industrial scientist, or for the industrial manager who needs sufficient information to be convinced that knowledge extending beyond a shear rate dependent viscosity may be necessary to solve his or her problem... Overall, the book will be a necessary part of your Rheology library, but most importantly it provides a well written and useful introduction to the subject and thus will be the first book for the newcomer to the subject.
@qu:I can thoroughly recommend it to the newcomer to the field and it would provide an excellent introductory text for any course on rheology.
@source:Endeavour full of useful tips and references...
@source:Polymer International
@qu:A highly recommended introduction reflecting the authors long association with the subject of rheology.
@source:RACI Polymer Division News

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About the Editor

K. Walters

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK