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Thomas Schweizer
A Quick Guide to Better Viscosity Measurements of Highly Viscous Fluids

Appl. Rheol. 14:4 (2004) 197-201

Abstract: The performance of tests with elastic liquids at high shear rates is cumbersome due to viscous dissipation heating, high normal forces, and - above all - edge fracture. This paper shows how such measurements can be improved and simplified over the conventional cone-plate technique by using a partitioned plate. For a polystyrene melt with zero shear viscosity 44.5 kPas at 190.C, steady state viscosities can be obtained up to 100 s-1. For samples with twice the diameter of the sensing area of the tool, the strain beyond which disturbances can be noticed is about 2 - 3 times higher than for conventional cone-plate. As a consequence of the design, precise viscosity measurements can be made without knowing the exact radius of the sample and without well centring it. This geometry is ideal for quick and dirty loading. Drawbacks are that the tool requires regular cleaning of the ring gap, that it can only be fitted to rheometers with a non-displacing force measuring cell (force rebalance transducer), and that it is not suited to measure low viscous systems such as polymer solutions. © 2004 Applied Rheology.

DOI 10.3933/ApplRheol-14-197

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