Course Title: Rheology and Fluid Particle Mechanics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Rheology and Fluid Particle Mechanics

Credit Points: 6.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007

Course Coordinator: Professor Sati Bhattacharya

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3778

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 7.2.10

Course Coordinator Availability: TBA

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This subject is to be undertaken by students who are in their final year and who must have completed Proc 2045A (Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer) or Proc 2079 (Fluid Mechanics and Particle Technology).

Course Description

This course develops the required knowledge base and practical skills to carry out the design of flow systems involving fine particles and the transportation of complex fluids. This course is essential for the future practice of professional engineers in chemical/process industries.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Successful completion of the course will enable you :
1. To discuss particle characteristics and the role of particle size, shape and particle size distribution in multiphase flow and fluid-solid systems.
2. To describe the role of ultrafine particles (micro to nanosize) in process engineering, their measurement and significant applications.
3. To discuss the fundamentals of steady and dynamic shear and extensional rheology of polymeric and multiphase systems.
4. To analyse particle technology and rheological behaviour of fluids for process and equipment design.

At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:
1. design and optimise flow systems involving complex fluids for industrial applications.
2. analyse industrial processes using multiphase mixtures.
3. apply the fundamentals of rheology and particle technology in processing and product developments related to chemical engineering.
4. undertake research in advanced materials and emerging technologies related to chemical engineering.

Overview of Learning Activities

The lectures in this course are aimed to improve fundamental knowledge and basic engineering principles in the areas of particle technology and rheology. The tutorials will help develop, elaborate/clarify fundamentals, application of fundamentals in problem formulations and solutions and practice in problem solving. The student will also learn through problem based learning in which the application of the fundamentals is clearly demonstrated. Videos  of  application of rheology wil help to learn application of fundamentals in industry.

Overview of Learning Resources

It will comprise  various learning resources including
- A prescribed text

* Recommended reference books / journal articles

* Other relevant information provided at On-line @RMIT  (DLS)

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will be based on a two hour final examination (50%), one oral group presentation and two unit tests.