New Graduate Course in Chemical Engineering: Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids

Class: Chemical Engineering 7960, Spring Semester, 3 credits
Date: November 17, 2015
Time: MWF 12:55 – 1:45
Place: SW 135 Instructor: Prof. Jules Magda

Complex fluids are materials that are structured at the microscopic level, and yet disordered on the macroscopic level. They often exhibit mechanical behavior that is intermediate between that of liquids and solids. Practical examples include molten thermoplastics, gels, liquid crystals, elastomers, shampoos, paints, waxy crude oils, emulsions, and suspensions. This course will review the behavior of such materials, with emphasis on the use of rheological techniques to probe material microstructure. Practical examples will be provided based on the instructor’s experience in managing a rheology testing service for local companies.