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Cogswell Extensional Viscosity
Capillary rheology measurements are made using a zero L/D orifice die. The entrance losses are available directly from these measurements. Measurements with a 20 L/D die are also performed. The sample, dried if needed, is loaded into a preheated test barrel of a capillary rheometer. A range of flow rates is used, attempting to cover a shear rate range of 10-10,000 /s. Pressure drop across the die is measured for each flow rate, and viscosity-shear rate data are calculated. Weissenberg-Rabinowitsch corrections are performed. Using Cogswell's equations, the extensional viscosity v. extension rate is calculated.
Measurements can also be made using a load cell instead of a pressure transducer. More complex data analyses such as the Peldom scheme
Extensional viscosity v. extension rate are reported. Shear viscosity v. shear rate is also provided. This data appears in
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0.5 - kg of pellets
This data is valuable to estimate elongational flow effects as an economical alternative to direct measurements of extensional viscosity.