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 sciences
PREREQUISITES : Basic fluid/solid mechanics courses will be helpful although not required
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Nil
Week 1 : Historical context and Deborah number
Week 2 : Classical elastic and viscous materials
Week 3 : Viscoelastic materials
Week 4 : Viscoelastic materials (contd.)
Week 5 : Macromolecules and viscoelasticity
Week 6 : Shear thickening/thinning fluids
Week 7 : Typical experimental results
Week 8 : Typical experimental results (contd).