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Instructor Class Description

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Amy Shen Fried
M E 599
Seattle Campus

Special Projects

Written report required. Prerequisite: permission of department chairperson. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course will cover basic rheological and structural measurements and data interpretation of complex fluids. We will study structure, dynamics, and flow properties of polymers, colloids, liquid crystals, and other substances with both liquid and solid-like characteristics.

Student learning goals

1. Fundamental aspects of fluid mechanics and flow transport mechanisms.

2. rheology of polymer solutions, colloidal suspensions, constitutive equations, self assembling fluids such as surfactants, block copolymers, and their roles in nanotechnology and biomimetic systems.

3. Microrheology and other indirect rheology techniques for biological samples.

General method of instruction

This course will combine traditional lectures with multimedia presentations.

Recommended preparation


Basic Fluid Mechanics Calculus: differentiation and integration General physics and chemistry

Useful reference books:

1. Introduction to Microfluidics by Tabeling, Oxford 2. Fundamentals and Applications of Microfluidics by Nam-Trung Nguyen and Steve Wereley 3. Microdrops and digital microfluidics by Jean Berthier 4. The Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids by R. Larson 5. Transport phenomena by Bird, Stewart and Lightfoot

Class assignments and grading

Homework (typically 4-5 problems) will be assigned bi-weekly. Completed assignments are to be turned in at the start of the class on the due date. Late assignments will be given half-credit.

Grading system:

Homework 30% Midterm exam 30% (take home) Course project 40%

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Amy Shen Fried
Date: 08/23/2010