Rheological Properties

Overall Material Properties and Flow Behaviour
  • Nhan Phan-ThienEmail author
  • Nam Mai-Duy
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


Fluids with featureless microstructures are well described by the Newtonian constitutive equation, which states that the stress tensor is proportional to the shear rate tensor (these concepts will be made precise later). Fluids with complex microstructures, for example suspensions of particles or droplets (blood, paint, ink, asphalt, bitumen, foodstuffs, etc.), polymer melts and solutions (molten plastics, fibre-reinforced or particulate-filled plastics), exhibit a wide variety of behaviours.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Faculty of Health, Engineering and SciencesUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia

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