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Introduction to soft matter

Indian Institute of Technology Bangalore , NPTEL and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore via Swayam


Introductory course on soft matter/complex fluids. A review of preliminaries of continuum mechanics, which are required for dealing with soft matter. General concepts of viscous and elastic deformations and relevant models. Experimental approaches to soft materials such as creep response and stress relaxation.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engg, Physics, Interdisciplinary sciencesPREREQUISITES : Basic fluid/solid mechanics courses will be helpful although not requiredINDUSTRY SUPPORT : Nil



Week 1 : Historical context and Deborah numberWeek 2 : Classical elastic and viscous materialsWeek 3 : Viscoelastic materialsWeek 4 : Viscoelastic materials (contd.)Week 5 : Macromolecules and viscoelasticityWeek 6 : Shear thickening/thinning fluidsWeek 7 : Typical experimental resultsWeek 8 : Typical experimental results (contd).

Taught by

Prof. Aloke Kumar

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