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The Society of Rheology

Rheology, a branch of mechanics, is the study of those properties of materials which determine their response to mechanical force. The word rheology was coined in the 1920's to represent the science of the deformation and flow of matter, and The Society of Rheology was officially formed on December 9, 1929. Meetings of The Society have been held at least annually since that time. The Society has sponsored publication of technical and scientific papers in this field in various journals, currently in its own Journal of Rheology.


The 12 tables that follow are the result of the hard work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Official Nomenclature and Symbols (John M. Dealy, Chair; Jeffrey Morris, Faith Morrison, and Dimitris Vlassopoulos) that was appointed by The Society of Rheology Executive Committee in 2012. The last major revision was done in 1984; this supersedes all prior versions, including the one published on pp. 253–265 of volume 39 of this journal in 1995. In the course of their work, the committee consulted numerous prominent rheologists working in specialized areas of rheology. These tables of Official Nomenclature and Symbols were approved for distribution here and online by The Society of Rheology Executive Committee in February 2013.

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