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A Two-Day Short Course On

Flow Visualization

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Date and Location

Saturday and Sunday
February 15 and 16, 1997

in conjunction with the
68th Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology
February 16-20, 1997

San Luis Hotel
5222 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, Texas

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David Boger
J.A. Byars
The University of Melbourne

K. Walters, FRS
University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Robert Powell
University of California, Davis

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Course Description

Rheology has made significant advances in the recent past on a number of fronts and it is now possible to contemplate (if not accomplish) quantitative, or at least semi-quantitative, simulation of the behavior of rheologically complex fluids in flows of practical importance. Such a process has at least four strands:

  1. Rheometry (Behavior in simple flows)
  2. Construction of constitutive models
  3. Numerical simulation within a non-Newtonian setting for complex flows of industrial relevance
  4. Experimental validation for the flows studied in (3)

It will be necessary to consider briefly all four topics, but the main thrust of the short course will involve area (4). Here, it will clearly be necessary to touch on numerous techniques of flow characterization, e.g. determination of "pressure drops" and other means of stimulating "resistance to flow"; but the main thrust of the course will involve a detailed look at the various techniques and results available for flow visualization in both transparent and opaque systems.

Techniques will include:

  1. Streak photography
  2. Speckle photography
  3. Laser Doppler anemometry
  4. N.M.R visualization, etc.
  5. The course will rely heavily upon photographic observations made in non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, detailed in part in Rheological Phenomena in Focus (Boger and Walters, Elsevier Science Publishers, 1993).

A special presentation on nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI) will be made by Bob Powell. Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging can be used to study flow in liquids and suspensions. The advantages of this technique are that it is non-invasive and that it can be applied to opaque systems, offering the opportunity to measure velocity in real materials. Examples will be given of velocity measurements in a variety of model and industrially important liquids and slurries. Rheological measurements made using NMRI will be discussed.

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Registration Information

The fee for the two-day course is $375 prior to November 30, 1996. For registration after November 30, the fee will be will be $425. Student rates are half of the base rate. The book Rheological Phenomena in Focus (Boger and Walters, Elsevier Science Publishers, 1993) will serve as notes for the course. The SOR will make this book available for $75.00 (one-half of the list price) for course participants.

Checks should be made payable to The Society of Rheology and sent together with the registration form to

Professor Peter E. Clark
Department of Chemical Engineering
The University of Alabama
Box 870203
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Telephone: (205) 348-1682
Fax: (205) 348-9455

Reservations for lodging at the San Luis Hotel [(800) 392-5937, (409) 744-1500, Fax: (409) 744-8452] should be made by the participant. A block of rooms has been reserved so mention the Society of Rheology when making reservations.

Registration will be limited and the book order must be submitted in November so reserve your place early.

Starting time will be 8:30 Saturday morning. The room name or number will be announced.

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Registration Form

The registration form can be printed from one of the following downloadable files:

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