MOL-42166 Rheology, 5 cr

Person responsible

Ilari Jönkkäri, Jurkka Kuusipalo


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
MOL-42166 2019-01 1 - 2 Ilari Jönkkäri
Jurkka Kuusipalo
Accepted exercises and examination.

Learning Outcomes

After finishing the course, the student understands the principles of rheology and the most common rheological measurement methods. The student understands the relationship between polymer structure and its rheological properties and knows the concept of viscoelasticity. The student knows the theory and applications of rotational and capillary rheometry and is able to ably the necessary corrections on the data measured with these devices. Furthermore, the student can calculate rheological quantities, like shear rate and viscosity, from the measured raw data. The competence of the student is evaluated by homework, personal exercise and exams. The course improves students understanding of scientific thinking, reasoning and explanation. The student also learns to take responsibility for his/her actions and consequences of those actions. In order to pass the course the student has to be able to use information and communications technology.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. The principles of non-Newtonian rheology  Rheology of polymer melts, emulsions, dispersions and gels   
2. Measuring methods: theory and applications of rotational and capillary rheometry  Possible error sources of the measurements   
3. Corrections and calculations needed to acquire true rheological quantities from the raw data measured with rotational and capillary rheometers.     
4. Viscoelasticity: behaviour of viscoelastic materials, modelling and measurement of the viscoelastic response     
5. The role of rheology in processing and other practical applications     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

The course grade forms mainly from the grade of the final exam or midterm exams. The student also needs to do about 1/3 of the homework (5 out of 17) and solve 50% of the problems of the personal exercise to pass the course. The student is able to earn extra points for the course by doing more than the minimum amount. This can raise the course grade by one.

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
MOL-11240 Polymeerifysiikka Advisable    

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
MOL-42166 Rheology, 5 cr MOL-42060 Rheology of Polymers, 5 cr  

Updated by: Laine Marja-Liisa, 06.03.2019