Equipment and Capabilities

Here at the Centre for Industrial Rheology we have amassed a wide range of rheometers, viscometers, test spindles and equipment accessories, enabling us to perform many practical testing methods under the conditions your industry requires. We are constantly updating our laboratory and adopting new testing methods, so please contact us to discuss your rheological needs.

Research Rheometers

High performance research rheometers

One of our three high performance rheometer systems.
One of our four high performance rheometer systems.

provide an unparalleled ability to capture the nuanced rheological attributes of materials ranging from very thin to very thick liquids, and from ultra-fragile colloidal structures to rigid solids. We have four outstanding rheometers and a huge selection of accessories, including cones, plates and cylinders of various sizes, materials and finishes, as well as custom-built accessories for specialist and niches applications.

Typical rheometer test methods include:

  • Viscosity profiling under shear rate or shear stress control
  • Zero-shear viscosity measurement
  • Yield stress and yield strain characterisations
  • Viscosity-Temperature profiling (ranging from -10°C to 150°C)
  • Oscillation Stress Sweep/Strain Sweep
  • Oscillatory Frequency Sweep
  • Creep and Recovery

Custom-Built Biotribology Equipment

Our custom-built equipment for bio-tribology and soft tribology measurement enables the quantification of lubrication and friction for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and foods.

Texture Analyser

Texture analysis and sensory properties can be studied using our Brookfield CT3 Texture Analyser, providing the basic structural and behavioural qualities of samples through compression and tensile testing.

  • Texture analysis: yield point, pliability, adhesiveness, elasticity, cohesiveness, burst strength, breaking point, fracturability, gel strength

Brookfield R/S SST Soft Solids Tester

Difficult to measure materials such as lumpy slurries, set gels and waxes require non-intrusive analysis, which can be achieved with our Brookfield R/S SST Soft Solids Tester. This vane rheometer allows for suspension solids and high yield complex liquids to be measured under different controlled stresses and rates.

  • Yield Stress
  • Shear Modulus
  • Creep Testing

Brookfield RV and LV Viscometers

For simple viscosity measurement we have a range of Brookfield RV and LV digital viscometers. We also have several spindles, t-bars, helipaths, small sample adapters and vane spindles to accommodate any sample type you require.

  • Brookfield Viscosity
  • Viscosity Index/Thixotropic index
  • T-Bar and Helipath Viscosity
  • Yield Stress

Brookfield R/S CPS+ Cone and Plate Viscometer

Basic thixotropic response and creep analysis is achieved with our Brookfield R/S CPS+ controlled stress rheometer. Our range of cone and plate attachments mean the conditions your sample will face can be simulated under controllable test parameters.

  • Controlled Stress
  • Controlled Rate
  • Viscosity/Temperature Profiling
  • Creep/Recovery Characterisation
  • Viscosity/Shear Stress vs. Shear Rate

Brookfield PFT Powder Flow Tester

Our Brookfield PFT Powder Flow Tester is able to test and record simple powder flow and behaviour under quantifiable conditions, enabling technicians to predict sample performance in typical environments.

  • Flow Function
  • Bulk Density
  • Friction Angle
  • Arching and Rat Hole Dimensions

Cone Penetrometer

Primary sample consistency and direct property measurement can be measured with our Cone Penetrometer, which conforms to ASTM testing standards.

Our laboratory also has the magnetic and overhead stirrers, desktop PC’s, storage facilities and safety equipment needed to ensure safe, precise and trustworthy analysis.

All equipment is handled by our team of skilled, passionate lab technicians with many years experience in practical rheology and viscosity testing. If you have any questions about the capabilities of us and our equipment do not hesitate to contact us.

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