lmeca2141  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Legat Vincent; Van Ruymbeke Evelyne;
Main themes
Phenomenology of rheologically-complex flow behaviour. Mathematical modelling based on continuum mechanics. Mathematical modelling based on molecular kinetic theory. Analytical solution of simple flow problems. Computer simulation methods for complex industrial flows. Introduction to modern research topics in the field.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 In consideration of the reference table AA of the program "Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering", this course contributes to the development, to the acquisition and to the evaluation of the following experiences of learning:
  • AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3
  • AA2.2, AA2.3, AA2.5
  • AA3.1, AA3.2
  • AA5.4, AA5.5, AA5.6
  • AA6.2, AA6.3
Introduce the student to the multidisciplinary topics of rheology and non-Newtonian fluid mechanics: phenomenology of rheologically-complex fluids, mathematical modelling based on continuum mechanics and molecular kinetic theory, analytical solution of simple problems, approaches to computer simulation of industrial flows, introduction to current research in the field.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Many materials around us (such as food, gels, polymer melts, ...) behave as viscoelastic materials, and their flow properties depend on many parameters such as the time, the strain applied, or the temperature.
The main objective of LMECA2141 is to look at these materials and try to understand how their viscoelastic properties depends on their composition. The lectures will focus on:
1. Properties of viscoelastic materials
2. Rheometry
3. Flow properties of a polymer in solution
4. Flow properties of  polymer melt: the linear chains
5. Flow properties of  polymer melts: Branched polymers
6. Flow properties of  polymer melts: Influence of the sample composition
7. Viscoelastic response of a polymer melts under large deformation
8. Viscoelastic properties of gels and reversible polymer network
9. Viscoelastic properties of colloidal particles: hard spheres
10. Viscoelastic properties of colloidal particles: soft colloids
Evaluation methods
Oral exam (70%)
Report on the practical work (30%)
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Mathematical Engineering

Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Master [120] in Physics