Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics

Rheology of Polymers

  • type: lecture
  • chair: Applied Mechanics
  • place:

    Building 50.31, room 210 (2nd floor)

  • time: Tuesday, 9.45 - 11.15 am
  • start: 25.04.2017
  • lecturer: Norbert Willenbacher
  • sws: 2
  • lv-no.: 22924



Basics of Rheometry

Rheological phenomena

Linear viscoelasticity

Polymers in nature and technology
What is a polymer? 
Chain models und -statistics

Dilute and semi-dilute solutions
Rouse-model - from the molecule to the modulus !
Zimm-model - intrinsic viscosity, molar mass, molecular architecture
Effect of polymer concentration and solvent quality

Concentrated solutions and melts
Entanglement concept
Tube models and reptation
Effect of molecular weight distribution and glass transition temperature
Time-temperature superposition

Gels and networks

Thickener solutions

Extensional rheology and -rheometry
Technical relevance – practical examples, industrial applications


Skriptum will be distributed during the lecture.



Rheology und Rheometry

H. Barnes, B. Hutton, K. Walters,
Introduction to Rheology

C. Macosko,
Rheology: Principles, Measurements and Applications

R. Larson,
The Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids

W. M. Kulicke and C. Clasen
Viscosimetry of Polymers and Polyelectrolytes


G. Strobl,
The Physics of Polymers

M. Rubinstein and R. Colby
Polymer Physics