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Testing Rheology & Viscosity in Practice

A 90 min online short course

by Neil Cunningham

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With the range of viscometer and rheometer methods available to the typical lab worker it is little wonder selecting
equipment and developing and validating a test method for R&D or QC can be a daunting task. Methods ranging
from simple spindle viscometer methods to sophisticated and powerful rheological profiling and characterization
are within the reach of most labs now but the wrong choice of test method, or the incorrect interpretation of the
results, can render a test virtually useless with costly consequences.

Gain control over rheology & viscosity and develop your coating, ink, adhesive and cosmetic formulations more

Following Part 1, which linked rheology to real-life flow behaviour, the course now focus on testing (what is meas-
ured, which equipment, how to interpret data...) .

Why you should attend:

1. Gain in competiveness by better describing your product flow behavior (Zero-shear viscosity, thixotropic
recovery rate...)

2. Save time in selecting your equipments (simple viscometer, mid-range rheometer...) by understanding
their benefits and drawbacks

3. finer rheology data by knowing the best method to use – Controlled rate or stress? Rotational or oscillary
Who is it for?
Formulators, QC managers & technicians and Process developers with a need to improve their approach to rheol-
ogy and viscosity testing.

The following sections will be covered during the session:

1. The needs of industry: research, product development, process design and quality control

2. The Rheologist’s Toolkit: Critical parameters for characterising your products

3. Rheometers and viscometers: the key differences: cost, capability, performance and ease of use
– Controlled stress and “high performance” rheometers
– Brookfield-type spindle viscometers
– Accessories: Cones, plates, cylinders etc
At the end
4. Rheology and viscosity test methods: An examination of the of the training
there will be a
pros and cons of procedures for testing suspensions, emulsions,
Q&A Session where you
can pose questions to
solutions and gels
– Viscosity profiling methods Neil Cunningham.
– Obtaining repeatable and relevant viscosity values
A transcript of all the questions &
– Quantifying yield stress and thixotropy
answers will be made available
– Oscillatory test methods for viscoelastic profiling after the event.

5. Tips for buying a rheometer or viscometer

In this course real practical examples will be discussed.

Specific examples of use of the rheometer / viscometer for coatings and cosmetics w ill also be covered.

Presented by Neil Cunningham

Neil Cunningham entered the field of rheology in 1994 through sales and application development
roles at rheometer manufacturers: TA Instruments and Rheometric Scientific.

In 1998 he became an independent consultant in the field and has since provided training courses,
test method development and validation services, consultancy and advice to many global corpora-
tions in the field of pharmaceuticals, personal care and cosmetics, coatings, adhesives and foods. Neil is highly ex-
perienced in the practical issues facing researchers and quality controllers in need of reliable data and he possesses
an excellent working knowledge of most rheometer and viscometer systems in use today.
More recently Neil has opened a laboratory in Hampshire, England, equipped with a range of rheometers and vis-
cometers, offering testing and research services.

Past attendees feedback

Content: Technical Level: Speaker: (252 evaluations)

Adam B. , from OneSun, Inc.:

"It provides an opportunity to learn how to properly set up my rheological component to our operations. "

Gustavo B. , from Lorama Inc:

"Excellent! It explained a very broad subject in a very simple approach. It covered many areas we are currently dea l-
ing with."

Laura S. , from Energizer Personal Care:

"Made me think about the data I have generated and whether more information was present in the curves than I

Jennifer B. , from Honeywell:

"There were very good examples of when the various measurement techniques would be used for different applica-

Chris H. , from USDA Forest Products Lab:

"I knew nothing about rheology before the course. Now I have lots of ideas of how I could use rheological tests to
understand my material and how to use rheology parameters as targets for development. I now understand co n-
cepts of zero shear viscosity, yield stress, infinite shear viscosity, and models for these valu es."

Herbert C. , from Cray Valley USA LLC:

"Taking a rather complex topic and presenting it in a simplified uncomplicated way enables all levels of users to
benefit. We had in our group technicians, mid-level, as well as PhD's who equally enjoyed the clear, concise and sim-
plified presentation."

Christelle M. , from Interpolymer:

"Helped to better understand what we are measuring with which rheometer. I can now measure more than just
Past attendees profile

 R&D – Applied/Formulation/ Product develop-

ment- 65%
 Technical services / customer assistance -8%
 Basic Research - 11%
 Production / Manufacturing - 3%
 Corporate managment – 3%
BASF, Quadrant EPP, Cray Valley, TELENE S.A.S.,
Clariant, RTP Company, Sealed Air Corporation,
ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Cabot, Eastman
Chemical Company, Dow Chemical, DSM Engineer-
ing Plastics, Ticona Polymers, Sabic IP, AkzoNobel,
Nypro Inc, Andercol S.A…..

Next session: Wed. Feb 4, 2015 at 10 a.m. ET / 4 p.m. CET - Your local time

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 Pdf slides at least 24h before the live session

 1h online short course by an independent expert
 Live interaction with the expert during the 30-minute Q&A session
 Q&A Transcript when you submit your feedback on the course
 Expert contact details to further discuss your projects
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