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Rheology is the science that studies the deformation and flow of matter. The discipline is concerned with the macroscopic properties of matter that determine its behavior when a mechanical force is applied.

Unlike Fluid Mechanics, that only studies the properties of fluids, rheology is concerned with all phases of matter: solids, liquids and gases.

Rheology has important applications in metal processing, plastics, paints and coatings, and geology (lava/glacial flow).

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