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Fundamentals in Soft Matter Models and Special Cases

In this free online course, study the fundamentals and special cases of soft condensed matter models..

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Master the definition of constitutive modelling and sinusoidal oscillations in this free online course about soft condensed matter. Discuss whether the geometric constraint ensures that the deformations in the N-Maxwell model equations remain the same in all cases or not. Tackle the Boltzmann superposition principle, the principle of material objectivity and see why it is important to understand constitutive modelling.
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    4-5 Hours
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In this free online course, you are introduced to the concepts and fundamentals involved in soft matter models and special cases. You will explore the creep response and stress relaxation functions, as well as the Boltzmann superposition principle and the material response to sinusoidal oscillations. All the demonstrations, problems, examples and assessment questions in this instructor-led video-based course are designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation in the fundamentals and special cases of soft matter.

The course begins by introducing you to the retardation and relaxation time-scales. Then, the Boltzmann superposition principle will be discussed, which states that the creep in the specimen is a function of the entire loading history. You will explore the concept of ‘objectivity’, which explains that the fundamental laws of nature are independent of the frame of reference.

Next, you will learn about the N-Maxwell model and special cases. You will gain insight into the principle of material objectivity and you will discover the importance of understanding constitutive modelling. Finally, you will study sinusoidal stress and strain history, complex variable representation and sinusoidal oscillations.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the three-parameter viscoelastic models
  • Discuss the two approaches of constitutive modelling
  • Explain the N-Maxwell model special cases
  • Describe the Boltzmann superposition principle
  • Explain the principles of constitutive equations
  • Discuss the principle of material objectivity
  • Describe the Cauchy’s hypothesis
  • Discuss the concept of time-frame objectivity


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