The British Society of Rheology Mid-Winter Meeting 2017: Rheology and flow of multiphase geological materials.

18 December 2017, 11.00 AM - 19 December 2017, 3.30 PM

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Dr Oryaelle Chevrel (Clermont Ferrand), Professor Stuart Dalziel (Cambridge), Professor Suzanne Fielding (Durham), Professor Elizabeth Guazzelli (Marseille), Professor Alan Whittington (Missouri)

Venue: Engineers' House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol, BS8 3NB


This meeting will combine talks on all topics of interest to BSR members with specific talks aimed at encouraging interactions between Earth Scientists and the wider rheological community.

Geological flows often involve multiphase suspensions. Examples include magmas, which are suspensions of bubbles and/or crystals in a liquid silicate melt, and granular media, consisting of particles suspended in water or air. The flow of these materials often presents a hazard, as in the case of lava flows, pyroclastic density currents, snow avalanches, and underwater turbidity currents. Analysis and modelling of such flows is challenging because the rheology of the materials involved is typically complex. This complexity arises partly because the volume fraction of the suspended phase is often in the intermediate to dense range. Moreover, in the case of magmas, the viscosity of the suspending liquid phase can change dynamically during flow, over many orders of magnitude. Quantifying the rheology of these materials is, therefore, both challenging and important. This meeting will focus on recent advances in our understanding of the rheology of multiphase mixtures with a particular focus on geological materials.


BSR MWM 2017 Programme (PDF, 218kB)

Abstrac‌ts of talks and poster presentations can be downloaded below.  Please note that paper copies will not be provided at the Meeting.

Talks Abstracts - BSR MWM 2017 (PDF, 457kB)

Poster Abstracts BSRMWM 2017 (PDF, 105kB)


Photo  Dr Oryaëlle Chevrel
Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Observatoire de Physique du Globe de Clermont-Ferrand, Université Blaise Pascal, France
Dr Oryaƫlle Chevrel - Biography (PDF, 188kB)

Chevrel - Rheological control of lava flow emplacement - Abstract (PDF, 194kB)

 Photo Professor Stuart Dalziel
Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Director of the GK Batchelor Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, UK
Professor Stuart Dalziel - Biography (PDF, 184kB)

Dalziel - Dropping Stuff With Strength - Abstract (PDF, 191kB)

Professor Suzanne Fielding
Department of Physics, Durham University, UK
Professor Suzanne Fielding - Biography (PDF, 180kB)

Fielding - Strain localisation during yielding of amorphous soft materials - Abs (PDF, 192kB)

 Senior Researcher (Directeur de Recherche), CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Aix-Marseille University, Frances
Professor Elisabeth Guazzelli
Senior Researcher (Directeur de Recherche), CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Aix-Marseille University, France

Professor Elisabeth Guazzelli - Biography (PDF, 189kB)

Guazzelli - Rheology of dense granular suspensions - Abstract (PDF, 217kB)

Dr. Alan Whittington 
EB Branson Professor and Chair of Geological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Dr. Alan Whittington 
EB Branson Professor and Chair of Geological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Dr Alan Whittington - Biography (PDF, 190kB)

Whittington - Lava in the lab - quantifying the main variables in the rheology o (PDF, 204kB)

Adam Townsend, UCL,

UK Vernon Harrison award

Townsend - Adventures in suspension mechanics - Abstract (PDF, 191kB)


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The School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol will be hosting this event at the award-winning Engineers’ House conference venue in the heart of Clifton.
Engineers House Travel Guide (PDF, 1,278kB)

Dinner will be at The Orangery, Goldney Hall, Constitution Hill, Bristol, BS8. 
The Orangery Goldney Hall - location (PDF, 381kB)

There are still delegate spaces for this event.   Please contact Frances Robertson if you would like to book a place.  Thank you.



The University has negotiated conference discounts with several local hotels.  Please see this list for details.

University of Bristol B&B Hotel Rates for BSRMWM 2017 (PDF, 324kB)


Organising Committee
Professor Heidy M Mader (University of Bristol, School of Earth Sciences)
Dr Edward W Llewellin (Durham University, Department of Earth Sciences)
Mr Steve Goodyer (Anton Paar)
Administration: Ms Frances Robertson

Contact information

‌For further information contact:
Academic enquiries: Professor Heidy M Mader  
Administration enquiries: Ms Frances Robertson

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