An experiment set up in 1944 at Trinity College Dublin to demonstrate the viscosity of pitch has yielded a drop captured on video.
This is a lesser known version of the older experiment established in 1927 at The University of Queensland.
With 2013 being the thirtieth anniversary of the Australian Society of Rheology, the Annual General Meeting was suitably graced with two special guest presentations, and the award of an ASR Medallion, in the presence of two previous Medallion recipients.
The proceedings commenced with the formal business, with addresses by the President and Treasurer. The Secretary co-ordinated the voting in of the new Council, which comprised all of the previous Council, plus the addition of Jason Stokes.
We next heard an explanation of the heritage of the ASR Medallion from esteemed sculptor Michael Meszaros.
Having set the scene, ASR President Mark Coghill presented an ASR Medallion to Prof. Sati Bhattacharya (RMIT), for his lifelong achievements in the field of rheology.
In attendance were two of the three previous recipients, Prof. Roger Tanner and Prof. David Boger.
Prof. Boger later gave an after-dinner speech, emphasising inter alia the importance of rheology in handling tailings, and allowing dry stacking rather than creation of dams of wet slurry that are prone to collapse.
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The Society of Rheology, Japan, celebrated its 40th anniversary on the 17th of May 2013, by organising a special international symposium on rheology in the historic city of Kyoto. The symposium consisted of five invited talks by distinguished speakers from Australia (J. Ravi Prakash), China (Zheng Qiang), Europe (Dimitris Vlassopoulos), Korea (Kyung Hyun Ahn), and the U.S.A. (Ralph. H. Colby). To commemorate the occasion, the Australian Society of Rheology presented a special memento to the Japanese Society in the form of a "Don Sheil" metal alloy plate with an Australian Flowering Gum pattern engraved with a congratulatory message. The photograph below, taken during the conference banquet, shows the President of the SRJ receiving the memento from J. Ravi Prakash, representing the ASR.
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The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Society of Rheology will be held on Monday 22nd July at Graduate House, The University of Melbourne, 220 Leicester Street, Carlton (www.graduatehouse.com.au). 2013 is the 30th anniversary of the society and we have two special guests speaking.
Drinks will start at 6 pm. The AGM will be at 6.30 pm with dinner to follow. Please note that dinner costs $35 for students and $40 for non-students.
ATA Scientific is running a competition offering free use of a Kinexus Intelligent Rotational Rheometer (including training & support) plus $1,000 study award. To enter, follow the details provide on the ATA Scientific website. Applications are due by 30 June 2013.
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