The rheology of polymers introduced with simple math
Monday, 13 August 2012
The book "Introduction to Polymer Rheology" is a comprehensive yet accessible guide to the study of the deformation and flow of matter under applied stress.
Fundamentals of polymer rheology
Often considered a complicated topic for beginners, the book makes grasping the fundamentals of polymer rheology easy by presenting information in an approachable way and limiting the use of complex mathematics. By doing so, this introductory overview provides readers with easy access to the key concepts underlying the flow behavior of polymer melts, solutions, and suspensions.
Montgomery T. Shaw, PhD, is the DiBenedetto Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut is the author of the book "Introduction of Polymer Rheology" published by Wiley.
Practical problems discussed
Incorporating sample problems that are worked through and explained on the page, as well as numerous practice problems to gauge learning comprehension, the book prepares new students and practitioners for moving on to more advanced concepts.
Deformation and its consequences
Comprising twelve chapters, the book covers stress, velocity and rate of deformation.
Furthermore it covers
- the relationship between stress and rate of deformation (Newtonian fluid),
- generalized Newtonian fluids,
- normal stresses and elastic behavior,
- experimental methods,
- small and large strain,
- the molecular origins of rheological behavior,
- elementary polymer processing concepts,
- quality control in rheology,
- and the flow of modified polymers and those with supermolecular structure.
Book review shows understandable mathematics
Professor Manfred Wilhelm and Dr. Roland Kadar, Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology say in their book review: "The book contains introductory notions on the rheology and rheometry of polymeric materials in a condensed and very readable manner. It is written from a continuum mechanics perspective while at the same time keeping a close connection to the molecular origins of the macroscopic rheological phenomena. Difficult mathematical issues associated to the subject are avoided while thoroughly explaining the basic concepts."