Starting this month, we're excited to announce the production of a new series of videos on our fully automatic, high throughput viscometer: VROC® Initium. In the first half of the series, our specialists and Initium production engineers explain step-by-step on how to correctly and safely set up and configure your instrument. Each instructional video will range anywhere from 3 minutes to 10 minutes. Each video includes tips or other helpful information to ensure optimal functionality and capabilities of your VROC® Initium. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as creating additional media content topics suggested from you, our clients.
My name is Brandon Bell and I am the Process Engineer here at RheoSense. I am responsible for the production of the VROC® Initium product line and I wanted to take a few minutes to provide you a few tips and tricks that I have picked up to help you get the most out of your instrument.
Measuring viscosity dates back to as early as the 19th century. French physicist Jean Poiseuille discovered the concept of measuring viscosity by formulating the "mathematical expression for the flow rate for the laminar flow of fluids in circular tubes." Later on, this formulation was discovered by a German hydraulic engineer Gotthilf Hagen, which came to be known as the Hagen-Poiseuille equation (Britannica). Early measurements of viscosity focused primarily on the flow of blood. Measurements were conducted using the hemodynamometer that incorporated narrow tubes & glass capillaries in effort to measure the pressures in the arteries of horses and dogs (Sutera).
Laponite is an additive which is by definition, "a unique specialty additive; a layered silicate manufactured from naturally occurring inorganic mineral sources." The main purpose in which Laponite serves can be separated into two major uses:
1) Rheology Modifier — Laponite is added to various consumer products to improve stability; many products have been shear sensitive or thixotropic behavior. Laponite is often used as a thickener in cosmetics.
2) Film Former — Laponite produces film to create electrically conductive coatings
Aside from these two major uses, Laponite has been used in the healthcare industry as a bioink additive to hydrogels, enabling a habitable environment for stem cells and also playing a role in creating a biodegradable containment for drug delivery.
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RheoSense is will be exhibiting at the 2016 BioProcessing Summit from August 15 to August 19. Visit us at Booth #101 to meet our specialists and see the newautomatic, high throughput viscometer, VROC® initium!
Our team is in Asia! Traveling through Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, contact us if you would like more information on where are are and our next destinations!