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Rheology Centre shared equipment

The table below gives details of the equipment available within the Rheology Centre. If you wish to use any of the apparatus listed please contact Dr Simon Butler.

 

Apparatus

Access

ARES controlled strain rheometer This is a “service instrument” and can be used by University researchers after training. There is a charge for its use. ARES controlled strain rheometer
Kinexus controlled stress rheometer This is a “service instrument” and can be used by University researchers after training. There is a charge for its use. Kinexus controlled stress rheometer

Cambridge Shearing System (Linkam CSS)

This is an optical microscope stage that allows a sample to be observed as it is sheared. It consists of two glass plates, the bottom of which is rotated by a stepper motor. Images of the sample are recorded by a video camera attached to the microscope. The temperature of the sample can be controlled by electric heaters positioned on either side of the plates.

 

This is a “service instrument” and can be used by University researchers after training. There is a charge for its use.

Linkam microscope shearing stage

Cambridge Multi Pass Rheometer (MPR)

This is a unique dual piston capillary rheometer that is capable of operating a high shear rates and under pressure.

 

The MPR is only available for selected research projects, although “one-off” tests can be run by arrangement.

MPR dual piston capillary rheometer

Piezo Axial Vibrator (PAV)

This rheometer is used to study the dynamic rheological behaviour of low viscosity fluids. It operates at high oscillatory frequencies and only requires a small sample volume (~100µl).

 

The PAV is available for selected research projects, although “one-off” tests can be run by arrangement.

Piezo Axial Vibrator rheometer

Trimaster

These instruments allow the extensional behaviour of liquids at room temperature to be visualised and studied.

 

The Trimasters are available for selected research projects, although “one-off” tests can be run by arrangement.

Trimaster HB4 high speed extensional visualisation

Diffuse Wave Spectometer (DWS)

This instrument uses light scattering from seed particles to determine the dynamic rheological behaviour of the fluid.

 

The DWS is only available for selected research projects.

Diffuse Wave Spectrometer

Texture Analyser

This is a force arm that can be used to indent or stretch a sample. It is normally housed in a temperature controlled cabinet.

 

The Texture Analyser is the property of the Paste, Particle and Polymer Processing group (P4G). Access to this instrument can be arranged by Dr Simon Butler.

Texture Analyser force arm

Dantec Laser Doppler Anemometer

Laser Doppler Anemometry can measure flow velocity profiles. The flow needs to be seeded with particles to reflect and scatter the incident laser light. The instrument is mounted on a mobile bench.

The Dantec is only available for selected research projects.

Dantec Laser Doppler Anemometer