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Kenneth Walters

Professor Kenneth Walters FRS


Elected: 1991


Kenneth Walters has 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 has made important advances in two major areas: the measurement of rheological properties, and the numerical solution of complex flows. In the first area, he has 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 is 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 is joint author, is an influential text in a rapidly evolving field of research.

Professional positions

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

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, Rheology