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Viscosity Measurements

Modified on Monday, 27 April 2015 08:35 PM by mpieler Categorized as Paper of the Month
EMMOUNT Technologies, LLC
4329 Emerald Hill Circle
Canandaigua, NY 14450
Fairport, NY 14450
585/919-6504, Fax

September 17th, 2009
To Whom It May Concern
Customer A

Subject: Viscosity Measurements


1. Five sample resins were received and measured with a capillary rheometer at 200, 225 and 250 C.
2. Next the raw data was reduced and Rabinowitsch corrected shear rates and viscosity values were calculated.
3. Corrected data was fit to a six constant curve fitting equation for the compact representation and easy manipulation of the results
a. Ln (η) = A1 + A2*T + A3*T^2 +A4*T*Ln(SR) +A5*Ln(SR) +A6*Ln(SR)^2
b. T= Temperature degrees C and SR = corrected shear rate sec-1
4. The calculated results are listed in Tables 2 through 6
5. The experimental data and the curve fit results are compared in Figures 1 through 5 and represent the measurements very well.
6. The Curve fitting Coefficients are:

There are no warranties made or implied which extend beyond the description on the face here of. The data here is only warranted to accurately represent the viscosity of the samples supplied for testing and not for this resin grade in general. No liability is assumed for the use or miss use of the results supplied.


Five samples of polystyrene and SBS polymer pellet were supplied for measurement. They were designated:


All samples ran well and showed no unusual flow behavior during the testing

Table 1 lists the curve fitting constants for each of the individual resins tested

Curve fitting constants were calculated using POLYMATH, a commercially available nonlinear multiple regression software using the method of steepest decent of Marquart.

Tables 2 through 6 summarize the results of the viscosity calculations in tabular form for future review. Figures 1 through 5 summarize the experimental data and plot the results from the curve fit equation to permit an evaluation of the goodness of the fit for each curve fit. These figures show excellent agreement between the curve fit and the experimental data. Curve fitting results obtained from POLYMATH are also attached for review.

Measurement and calculations:

An Instron Capillary Rheometer Model 3211 was used to collect the data for these resins. This is a constant speed rheometer where a ram forces polymer through a capillary at the bottom of a barrel full of polymer. The force required to move the polymer at a constant volumetric flow rate is then a measure of the viscosity of the fluid. This is in contrast to a melt indexer which measures volumetric flow rate at constant stress (dead weight). A 0.0500-inch (.127 cm) by 3 inch (7.62 cm) long, 60 L/D capillary with a 90 degree entrance angle was used to minimize entrance pressure lose effects and consequently no Bagley entrance pressure loss correction was necessary or applied. The Rheometer was set and run at 6 constant cross head speeds to generate pressure readings at each temperature tested. For each resin tested two full barrels full of material was extruded prior to any measurements to insure complete purging of the capillary of material of a different resin or from a different temperature. This insured that the data collected represented fresh polymer. Prior to beginning the experiments the rheometer was electrically calibrated according to the instructions.

The apparent shear rate (SRap), stress at the wall (τw) and apparent viscosity (ηap) were calculated from the cross head speed, plunger force and capillary dimensions using the well-known relationships:

SRap= 4Q/πR3

τw = R ∆P/2L

ηap = τw / SRap

The Rabinowitsch correction was applied to the apparent date through the shear rate using equation:

SR = 1/πR3*{3Q + ∆P dQ/d ∆P}

This can be rearranged to yield:

SR = Q/πR3 {3 + dLn (Q)/dLn (∆P)} = (SRap/4) *{3 + dLn (Q)/dLn (∆P)}

The cross head and plunger force data are transformed into Q and ∆P data and plotted on a Ln Ln plot and curve fit to a second order in ∆P, the resulting equation is differentiated and the vales for dLn (Q)/dLn (∆P) calculated at each point and the corrected shear rate is determined.

Ln (Q) = B0 + B1* Ln(∆P) + B2* Ln(∆P)2

dLn (Q)/dLn(∆P) = B1 + 2*B2* Ln(∆P)

Once the corrected shear rate is know the corrected viscosity is calculated from:

η = τw / SR

The results of the calculations for each resin at all three temperatures measured are tabulated and attached. The viscosity is presented in Poise and the stress data are tabulated in dynes/cm2.

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