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Professor Chris Macosko – Analyzing Molecular Weight Distribution w/ Rheology

Professor Chris Macosko – Analyzing Molecular Weight Distribution w/ Rheology In this TA Instruments Webinar, Professor Chris Macosko discusses analyzing molecular weight distribution and blend morphology using rheology. Rheology is a powerful tool for analyzing polymer blends. This seminar will begin with the simplest case: molten blends of two different molecular weight homopolymers.We will…

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Jan Vermant – Orthogonal Superposition Rheology

Jan Vermant – Orthogonal Superposition Rheology OVERVIEW Superposition flows in rheology are powerful methods to understand non-linear and anisotropic viscoelasticity. Parallel Superposition experiments have been historically simple to perform, but are difficult to understand and do not provide all of the desired information. Recent developments have made Orthogonal Superposition more simple to perform, allowing…

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Gareth H. McKinley – Rheological Fingerprinting of Complex Fluids

OVERVIEW Large amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS) is used increasingly as a tool to measure the nonlinear viscoelastic responses of soft solids and complex fluids. For many material systems the common practice of reporting only “viscoelastic moduli” (typically corresponding to the first harmonic Fourier coefficients G’1(w), G”1(w)) is insufficient and/or misleading in describing the nonlinear phenomena.…

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Gerald Fuller – Interfacial Rheology

Gerald Fuller – Interfacial Rheology OVERVIEW Interfacial rheology dominates the behavior of many complex fluid systems. Whether the system is characterized by a fluid-fluid interface or fluid-air interface, these characteristics influence the behavior of biological systems, oil recovery, personal care products, food and more. Learn about the basic forces that drive interfacial dynamics and stability,…

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Extensional Rheology & Analytics of Material Characterization

Extensional Rheology & Analytics of Material Characterization OVERVIEW Extensional flows are important to converging and squeezing flows that occur in polymer processing operations such as injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, film blowing and calendering. Uniaxial extensional flow measurement is particularly useful in polymer characterization because it is the ‘strongest’ flow field one can generate with…

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An Introduction to Tribo-Rheometry: Quantifying Friction

An Introduction to Tribo-Rheometry: Quantifying Friction Tribology complements rheology, providing information on solid-solid interactions that adds insight to the bulk fluid measurements of rheology. Tribology is especially concerned with quantifying the coefficient of friction as a function of sliding speed and load force, under dry or lubricated conditions. This provides useful information about lubrication, wear,…

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Extensional Rheology in Polymer Processing

Extensional Rheology in Polymer Processing Extensional flows dominate many polymer processes, including blow molding, film blowing, fiber spinning, thermoforming and many others. The rheology of polymeric materials under extensional flows can differ significantly from shear flows and it is important to understand this in order to optimize both materials and processes. In this webinar, we…

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Professor João Maia: The Role of Interfacial Elasticity on the Rheological Behavior of Polymer Blends

The Role of Interfacial Elasticity on the Rheological Behavior of Polymer Blends: João Maia, Ph.D. The Role of Interfacial Elasticity on the Rheological Behavior of Polymer Blends Polymer blends are commonly used to generate materials with a desired combination of performance properties and cost. Most polymer blends are compatibilized to promote stability of the otherwise immiscible…

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Norman J. Wagner: An Introduction to Colloidal Suspension Rheology

Norman J. Wagner: An Introduction to Colloidal Suspension Rheology Colloidal suspensions are encountered across a broad range of natural phenomena and industrially relevant products and processes. From coatings and inks, to foods and pharmaceuticals, dispersions, sols, gels, and glasses of colloidal particles exhibit a rich rheological behavior. This webinar will present an introductory overview of…

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Randy H. Ewoldt: Experimental Challenges of Shear Rheology, How to Avoid Bad Data

Randy H. Ewoldt: Experimental Challenges of Shear Rheology, How to Avoid Bad Data How do you know when to trust your rheology data? How do you avoid bad data? Is there a checklist? Can you co-plot quantitative experimental boundaries against measured data? This presentation will discuss techniques for identifying and minimizing experimental errors and for…

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