Rheology of Suspensions/Dispersions

2018 course programme under development

The 2018 course programme will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. By developing our existing course programme our aim is to introduce more application within the learning delivery methods to support the science gained in the materials presented. The below course aims will also be developed and amended nearer the time of the course to reflect the changes we have introduced and give an accurate outline of what is being delivered and how.

To express interest and/or be added to our database for this course please email us at cpd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk 

What will I learn?
This course covers the rheology of fluids in which particles are suspended. Colloidal and non-colloidal particles are considered as well as nanoparticles. The rheology of suspensions is important during their production, processing and application. The emphasis is on understanding the flow behaviour of complex systems. Where possible quantitative or semi quantitative relations and scaling laws are presented with which the rheological parameters can be predicted or estimated. This should provide the basis for a rational approach to formulating and measuring dispersions.

The course is designed to develop systematically an understanding of the flow behaviour of possibly complex industrial dispersions and slurries. It starts with simple, essentially Newtonian systems, and finishes with non- Newtonian medium, such as polymer melts. For each class of suspension the rheology is explained in terms of the underlying physical mechanisms. Methods for predicting the behaviour, basic laws and scaling relations are presented. Possible measurement strategies and measurement errors are discussed, with special emphasis on specific properties such as yield stress and thixotropy.

How will I benefit?
On completion of this short course, you’ll be able to:

  • develop a rational approach to formulate or modify dispersions for optimal processing behaviour and use available laws and scaling relations to predict the rheological behaviour
  • analyse the flow behaviour of a given formulation and determine the mechanisms and parameters that contribute to it
  • select measurement devices and define measurement procedures for a specific industrial application
  • evaluate and interpret experimental data.

Day 1

  • Hydrodynamic effects (large particles)
  • Suspensions of Brownian hard spheres
  • Stable colloids.

Day 2

  • Flocculated/gelling systems
  • Rheological measurements on suspensions
  • Emulsions.

The 2016 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2015 course details for further information by clicking the course leaflet and course programme link. 

This course is for you if you’re a scientist or engineer in the chemical, petroleum, polymers, coatings, inks, food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics or general chemical industries with responsibility for R&D projects, process engineering, manufacturing or product formulation involving fine particle dispersions, emulsions and colloids.


Fees include:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches
  • light refreshments
  • course dinner (dates to be confirmed).

University of Leeds,

You’re responsible for your own accommodation, if required. A list of hotels close to the University will be sent with your course joining instructions.

+ 44 (0)113 343 8104/2494

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Leeds,