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How Much Do Rotational Viscometers Cost - And Why?

Posted by Amanda Ranowsky on Apr 19, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Looking at the rotational viscometers on the market today, you'd expect to see small price differences between the instruments offered by competing brands. But what if you find one viscometer priced at $2000 and another at $9000? Is the $9000 viscometer a better instrument? Why is there such a price difference between the two instruments? 

Viscometer prices depend on both the make-up of the instrument's motor, and on the technical features of the instrument (temperature probe, speed range, USB compatibility, etc.). There are two main types of rotational viscometers: those using a spring motor, and those using a servo motor. 

In this article, I’m going to take a look the options available for rotational viscometers, and how those options affect the price.

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Topics: rotational viscometer, Viscosity, Dynamic Viscosity, Viscometers, Liquid Properties

How to Get Consistent and Accurate Test Results with a Rotational Viscometer

Posted by Amanda Ranowsky on Mar 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most rotational viscometer specifications promise high test accuracy and repeatability. However, an instrument on its own cannot guarantee accurate results. Instrument set-up and using the right test parameters are critical pieces of the puzzle. 

Test parameters and turbulence are two key factors to consider when preparing to test with a rotational viscometer. The spindle, speed setting, and temperature of the product are some of the parameters that can impact test results. Additionally, turbulence in the sample’s flow during a test will distort viscosity readings. Knowing how to manage these two factors can significantly contribute to the accuracy of your testing.

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Topics: Dynamic Viscosity, Viscometers, Viscosity, Measure Viscosity, rotational viscometer, Liquid Properties

A Spotlight on Rotational Viscometers

Posted by Art Gatenby on Oct 3, 2016 10:45:00 AM

You probably know that rotational viscometers work by measuring the torque on a vertical shaft that rotates a spindle.  The spindle is in the test sample and its rotation is impeded in proportion to the viscosity of the sample. These instruments measure viscosity.

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Topics: Viscosity, Viscometers, Liquid Properties

Why Test for Viscosity in Food

Posted by Art Gatenby on May 6, 2015 4:35:00 PM

When people hear of viscosity for the first time, invariably they ask these three questions:

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Topics: Newtonian Fluid, Measure Viscosity, Viscometers, Viscosity, Viscosity in Food

What is the Difference Between Dynamic and Kinematic Viscosity?

Posted by Amanda Ranowsky on Jan 15, 2015 6:31:24 PM

I’m always trying to find a simple vision of the material testing world. When I was assigned to our new Viscosity product line, I thought I’d found it. Then I was introduced to the concepts of the dynamic and kinematic factors of viscosity.

This is my attempt to bring clarity to these two principal ways to measure viscosity. 

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Topics: Viscometers, Viscosity, Consistency, Kinematic Viscosity, Dynamic Viscosity, Liquid Properties

Viscosity, Consistency and Surface Tension - What Are These Things?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Aug 27, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Nearly every day we have a question about differences between Viscosity, Consistency and Surface Tension. There is usually a second part of the question; 

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Topics: Viscometers, Viscosity, Bostwick Consistometer, Tensiometer, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, Liquid Properties

How Are Consistency, Surface Tension and Viscosity Different?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Feb 26, 2014 11:35:00 AM

I used to think that liquids were pretty simple things. Is that what you think too?

Not so fast. Let’s take a look at three properties of liquids and see if we change our view.

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Topics: Newtonian Fluid, Viscometers, Viscosity, Bostwick Consistometer, Consistency, duNouy Rings, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, Liquid Properties

Viscosity Basics: For Non Scientists

Posted by Amanda Ranowsky on Feb 4, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Since I joined CSC Scientific in July 2013, I’ve been on a steep learning curve. You see, I’ve never been much of a science person. There was even one particular chemistry class in high school used to give me migraine headaches - routinely. 

Having no real background in the sciences means that I’ve had a lot to learn since I joined a company that sells scientific testing equipment. Maybe you’re nodding in sympathy with me right now. Many of our clients – that is, the people doing the purchasing on behalf of their company – are not scientists and don’t have a thorough knowledge of the scientific principles behind the products they’re told to buy.

 

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Topics: Newtonian Fluid, "The Basics", Viscometers, Viscosity

How Can I Measure Viscosity?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Nov 12, 2013 2:29:00 PM

 

How Can I Measure Viscosity? The answer, like most answers in the measurement world, is it depends. To find out what it depends on we'll start with defining viscosity.
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Topics: "Ask Art", Newtonian Fluid, Measure Viscosity, Viscometers, Viscosity

Can You Define Viscosity Without Feeling Thick?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Sep 30, 2013 4:43:00 PM

Do an internet search for the term “viscosity”, and you’ll find a variety of definitions for the word. For example:

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Topics: Viscometers, Viscosity

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