Transient extensional viscosity from a rotational shear rheometer using fiber-windup technique

Mahesh Padmanabhan, Leo J. Kasehagen, Chris Macosko

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The fiber-windup technique, developed by Macosko and Lorntson [SPE Tech. Papers 19, 461-467 (1973)] for rotational shear rheometers, was re-examined to obtain transient uniaxial extensional viscosity data. Macosko and Lorntson used a special force transducer to measure the tension in the filament being pulled. In contrast, in this study commercial rotational shear rheometers (Rheometrics Mechanical Spectrometer-800 and Rheometrics Fluids Spectrometer-II) with torque transducers were used to obtain the extensional viscosity. One end of the sample is clamped, while the other end is wound around a drum at a constant rotational speed, to achieve a given extension rate. Tests were conducted with a polyisobutylene sample at room temperature to verify reproductivity and were compared with published studies. Results for polyisobutylene and IUPAC-X low density polyethylene were found to be in good agreement with published results. Hencky strains of up to 6 could be achieved. The technique can provide valuable extensional viscosity data for high viscosity liquids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-481
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Rheology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

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