Going with the flow in Leuven

The historic Town Hall in the centre of Leuven: the front facade is decorated with over 230 statues of historical figures including royalty, nobility, philosophers, and scientists. Linkam attended the 8th Annual European Rheology Conference in Belgium last week (2-5 April). This year’s event took place in the historic town of Leuven, home of the oldest running Catholic University - and Stella Artois beer. The conference brought together over 400 delegates and a dozen exhibitors to discuss a broad range of rheological topics.  

Rheology - the scientific term for the study of flow and deformation of matter - was first defined in 1929 during the formation of the Society of Rheology. The name was inspired by the Greek term “panta rhei” or “everything flows”, and the study is applicable to many materials. In fact, the window panes in old churches are frequently thinner at the top than the bottom due to the slow rheological process called creep. For a more thorough introduction to Rheology you could look here

With a wide programme of seminars over the week, and a great location to visit and socialize in, the conference was a great success. Linkam was pleased to exhibit the CSS450 Optical Rheology System and the TST350 Tensile stage. We would like to thank all the organizers and staff at the conference for their help, especially Professor Patrick D. Anderson and Professor Peter Van Puyvelde.

We would also like to thank everyone who stopped by to give us such positive feedback on our stages. Thank you very much for your stories, we hope to feature some of them on the blog soon.  

By Caroline Feltham