Friday, July 1, 2011

The Wisdom of Crowds

A recent discussion at LinkedIn's SOR group asked which introductory rheology book was best.  This was the most popular discussion in recent memory.  People mentioned--

  • The Rheology Handbook by T. Mezger (twice)
  • Handbook of Elementary Rheology by H. Barnes (twice)
  • Rheology: Principles, Measurements, and Applications by C.W. Macosko
  • Understanding Rheology by F.A. Morrison
  • An Introduction to Rheology by H.A. Barnes, J.F. Hutton, and K. Walters (twice)
  • A Practical Approach to Rheology and Rheometry by G. Schramm
    (This book is self-published by ThermoFisher)
  • Rheological Methods in Food Processing Engineering by J.F. Steffe and C.R. Daubert (twice)
  • Bioprocessing Pipelines: Rheology and Analysis by J.F. Steffe
    (Both the Steffe books are available online for free download.)
  • There was a mention of a book by K. Walters; it's either the one co-authored with Barnes listed above or Rheology: An Historical Perspective co-authored with R.I. Tanner


  1. I guess I was brutalized when I introduced to rheology through Bird, Armstrong and Hassager (Dynamics of Polymeric Liquids, Vol. 1 & 2)

    Personally, I like Dealy & Wissbrun's book, Melt Rheology and Its Role in Plastics Processing

  2. Volume 1 was used at the class test for the Intro to Viscsoelasticity graduate class at Northwestern in the '90's.
    Volume 2 is rough going. I only skimmed parts of that book. I was luckier than one of my lab mates, who had to go through the whole thing for his project.