Rheological Measurements Short Course

June 7-12, 2020

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 12 PM Friday, with optional Sunday evening (June 7) 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