Interactive Shear and Extensional Rheology—25 years of IRIS Software

Leslie Poh*, Esmaeil Narimissa, Manfred H. Wagner, H. Henning Winter

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Over the past 25 years, IRIS has become an integral resource in materials laboratories around the world, bringing together stimulating communities of rheology experimentalists and theoreticians, rheological experts, and experts from other fields, and even making rheology accessible to non-rheologists. The calculational tools of IRIS interface data from different experimental findings with predictions from rheology theories. Since its beginning, many theory groups used IRIS to share their original codes for rheology predictions. We demonstrate this in two examples, (1) the detailed analysis of small amplitude oscillatory shear data (SAOS) and predictions thereof and (2) a theory, newly implemented in IRIS, that elegantly unites dynamical quantities from small amplitude oscillatory shear (SAOS) with data from filament stretching rheometry and predictions of transient shear. IRIS supports this convergence with a standardizing data (Dealy et al., J Rheol 39:253-265, 1995), which makes data sharing easy and independent of instrument brand-specific and laboratory-specific coding.


  • Data driven rheology
  • HMMSF model
  • High density polyethylene
  • IRIS rheology software
  • Solution styrene–butadiene rubber


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