Understanding Viscoelasticity

An Introduction to Rheology

  • Nhan Phan-Thien

Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 195-202

About this book


This book presents an introduction to viscoelasticity; in particular, to the theories of dilute polymer solutions and dilute suspensions of rigid particles in viscous and incompressible fluids. These theories are important, not just because they apply to practical problems of industrial interest, but because they form a solid theoretical base upon which mathematical techniques can be built, from which more complex theories can be constructed, to better mimic material behaviour. The emphasis is not on the voluminous current topical research, but on the necessary tools to understand viscoelasticity at a first year graduate level. The main aim is to provide a still compact book, sufficient at the level of first year graduate course for those who wish to understand viscoelasticity and to embark in modeling of viscoelastic multiphase fluids. To this end, a new chapter on Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) was introduced which is relevant to model complex-structured fluids. All the basic ideas in DPD are reviewed, with some sample problems to illustrate the methodology.


Bulk Suspension Dilute Polymer Solutions Dissipative Particle Dynamics Green-Rivlin Expansion Modeling Complex-structure Fluids Polymer Chain Rheological Properties Viscoelastic Multiphase Fluids Viscoelasticity Viscoelasticity Textbook Weissenberg and Deborah Numbers

Authors and affiliations

  • Nhan Phan-Thien
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  1. 1., Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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