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Viscoelasticity of Polymers

Theory and Numerical Algorithms


Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 241)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Fundamental Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 3-91
    3. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 93-176
    4. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 177-230
    5. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 231-281
  3. Linear Viscoelasticity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 285-359
    3. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 361-396
    4. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 397-435
    5. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 437-457
    6. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 459-487
  4. Nonlinear Viscoelasticity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 489-489
    2. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 491-543
    3. Kwang Soo Cho
      Pages 545-599
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 601-612

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive introduction to polymer rheology with a focus on the viscoelastic characterization of polymeric materials. It contains various numerical algorithms for the processing of viscoelastic data, from basic principles to advanced examples which are hard to find in the existing literature.  The book takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the viscoelasticity of polymers, and is self-contained, including the essential mathematics, continuum mechanics, polymer science and statistical mechanics needed to understand the theories of polymer viscoelasticity.  It covers recent achievements in polymer rheology, such as theoretical and experimental aspects of large amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS), and numerical methods for linear viscoelasticity, as well as new insights into the interpretation of experimental data.

Although the book is balanced between the theoretical and experimental aspects of polymer rheology, the author’s particular interest in the theoretical side will not remain hidden.  Aimed at readers familiar with the mathematics and physics of engineering at an undergraduate level, the multidisciplinary approach employed enables researchers with various scientific backgrounds to expand their knowledge of polymer rheology in a systematic way.  


Continuum Thermo-Mechanics Large Amplitude Oscillatory Shear (LAOS) Linear Viscoelasticity Nonlinear Constitutive Equations Nonlinear Viscoelasticity Polymer Dynamics with/without Entanglement Polymer Rheology Book Retardation and Relaxation Time Spectra Rheometrics and Flow of Polymeric Fluids Time-Temperature Superposition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Polymer Science and EngineeringKyungpook National UniversityDaeguKorea (Republic of)

About the authors

Prof. Cho's research is oriented to investigation of rheological and dynamic behaviors of polymer and related materials. His research interests are constitutive theory of nonlinear viscoelasticity and irreversible thermodynamics and characterization of structure of complex fluids by use of nonlinear viscoelastic measurements (eg. LAOS). He has high reputation world wide and one of the top 3 rheologists in Korea. 

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“This is a generally well composed book. ... those who are engaged with rheological measurements of complex fluids will find this book an excellent resource.” (David Cheneler, Applied Rheology, Vol. 26 (4), 2016)