As you know by now, viscosity is NOT just one number.
Viscosity is a defined property based on the type of continuous deformation applied. Although a steady shear flow is the most common characterization, extensional flow fields can also be used to analyze extensional viscosity.
Shear rates are the foundation of performing viscosity experiments. Viscometers determine viscosity by dividing shear stress experienced by the fluid by the shear rate. When developing novel fluids, their viscosity must be measured to characterize the fluid behavior for multiple environments.
Extensional viscosity is the resistance of a fluid to extensional flow. Any flow field involving a change in cross-sectional area will be affected by this material property. Therefore, extensional viscosity is a fundamental parameter in many industrial processes. Extensional deformation and extensional shearing have a significant impact on certain industrial processes, such as fiber spinning, paint rolling, roll coating, inkjet printing, spraying, electrospinning, enhanced oil recovery, drag reduction, and food processing.
Clarify the difference between the steady shear and extensional viscosity
Discuss how the RheoSense product line is capable of measuring both types
Emphasize important points to consider when interpreting data
In this webinar, we will be introducing the e-VROC Chip: Shear Viscosity's Distant Cousin.
The e-VROC™ chip is engineered with a microfluidic channel of uniform width and depth. It has hyperbolic contraction/expansion zone in the middle of the channel and four monolithically integrated MEMS pressure sensors (two in the upstream and two in the downstream of the contraction/expansion zone).