Rheologymatter. The term rheology was coined by Eugene Bingham, a professor at Lehigh University, in 1920, from a suggestion by Markus Reiner, inspired by Heraclitus's famous expression panta rhei, "everything flows".
|Continuum mechanics||Solid mechanics or strength of materials||Elasticity|
|Fluid mechanics||Non-Newtonian fluids|
Rheology brings unity to the, at first sight, unrelated fields of plasticity and non-Newtonian fluids by recognising that both these types of materials are unable to support a shear stress in static equilibrium. In this sense, a plastic solid is a fluid.
Granular rheology refers to the motion of granular materials.
One of the key tasks of rheology is empirically to establish the relationships between characteristics such as shear stress and strain and its derivatives. These experimental techniques are known as rheometry. Such relationships are then amenable to mathematical treatment by the usual methods of continuum mechanics.