Rheophysics. The Deformation and Flow of Matter

  • ID: 2128900
  • Book
  • 642 Pages
  • Cambridge University Press
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Why is it necessary to strike while the iron is hot? What makes a good liquid crystal display? Why is rubber so elastic? These questions can be answered through rheophysics, using the mechanics of continuous media at the macroscopic scale, and statistical mechanics and the physics of defects at the microscopic level. This book addresses problems involving the flow of matter, covering the main aspects of the mechanical response of fluids and solids to applied stress or strain. It includes the hydrodynamics of ordinary liquids, the elasticity and plasticity of solids, and the rheology of complex fluids such as suspensions, polymers and liquid crystals. Dislocations are described thoroughly, and special attention is given to instabilities. Concepts and physical properties are illustrated by numerous experiments, historical anecdotes, and applications to aeronautics, metallurgy, and geophysics, making this a valuable reference for researchers and graduate students in physics, engineering, and materials science.
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Preface; Foreword; Acknowledgements;
1. General points on materials and their rheophysical behaviour;
2. Overview of the mechanics of continuous media;
3. Hydrodynamics of simple liquids;
4. Solid elasticity;
5. Defects, plasticity and fracture solids;
6. Rheology of isotropic viscoelastic materials (1);
7. Rheology of isotropic viscoelastic materials (2);
8. The rheology of liquid crystals; References; Notations; Index.
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Patrick Oswald Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon.

Patrick Oswald is Director of Research with CNRS at the Physics Laboratory at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, University of Lyon, France. His research spans many areas in soft condensed matter, including thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystals, crystal growth, defects, plasticity and rheology.
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