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Kenneth Walters

Kenneth Walters

Professor Kenneth Walters FRS


Elected: 1991


Kenneth Walters made a number of significant contributions to rheology and the development of rheological science in the United Kingdom, and has conducted extensive studies of the behaviour of non-Newtonian fluids, particularly elastic liquids. He made important advances in two major areas: the measurement of rheological properties, and the numerical solution of complex flows. In the first area, he extended the theory of viscometric flows, carried out a searching analysis of sources of error in the principal instruments in current use, and maintained a strong commitment to industrial applications arising in the manufacture of lubricants, detergents and paints. His book, Rheometry, is a standard work of reference. He was one of the main pioneers of the application of numerical methods to the rheology of liquids and the book Numerical Simulation of Non-Newtonian Flow, of which he was joint author, is an influential text in a rapidly evolving field of research.

Professor Kenneth Walters FRS died on 28 March 2022.

Professional positions

Distinguished Research Professor, Institute Of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, Aberystwyth University

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Mathematics
    • Applied mathematics and theoretical physics
  • Engineering
    • Fluid dynamics


Rheology,  Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics

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