The research is a combination of theoretical and experimental work that focuses on the behaviour of a sputum polymer by sufferers of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
This is experimental work, performed using a rheometer, which allows the user to research the viscoelastic properties of sputum. It is theory work that requires a great deal of background reading in order to ensure a strong foundation in polymer Physics. A constituent equation denoting the viscoelasticity of sputum is calculated under linear conditions.
Computer modelling can be used to compare the constituent equation with experimental data in order to confirm that the calculated model is a good description of the structure and behaviour of sputum.
Start Date: 1 October 2012