Rheological Measurements Short Course

Please Note:

This web site describes Minnesota’s Rheological Measurements Short Course that was held in August 2018. This course is conducted every two years at the University of Minnesota, in the even years; the next one will be in the summer of 2020.

A similar course is held in September in the odd years at KU Leuven, Belgium. (https://cit.kuleuven.be/smart/rheoschool

There will be a 3-day lecture only (no lab) course on the Stanford University campus June 11-13, 2019. TA Instruments will be handling registrations. (https://www.tainstruments.com/rheology-short-course/)

August 12-17, 2018

Director: Professor Chris Macosko

Rheological Measurements is an intensive short course at the University of Minnesota. It is designed to give practicing engineers and chemists an understanding of rheology fundamentals, principles of measurements, and applications to problem solving.

Hands-on experience with commercial rheometers is provided. Emphasis is on optimal instrumental techniques, data reduction and interpretation, and case study applications. Included are: polymer solutions and melts, dispersions (suspensions), gels, foods, colloids, crosslinking systems, biological/biomedical, microfluidic, and process flow applications.

Extensive course notes are provided. For additional information, attendees may wish to purchase Professor Chris Macosko's book: "Rheology: Principles, Measurements and Applications".

The course is four and a half days, from 8AM Monday morning to 11AM Friday morning, with optional Sunday evening (August 12) and Tuesday evening sessions, and a Thursday evening banquet. 

Course Features and Benefits

  • Small group laboratory sessions
  • Limited enrollment to optimize learning
  • Faculty and staff work closely with attendees
  • Use of Polymer Characterization Facility Rheology Lab instruments