Errors in parallel-plate and cone-plate rheometer measurements due to sample underfill

Leo H O Hellstrom, Mohamed A Samaha, Karen M Wang, Alexander Smits, Marcus Hultmark

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The effect of sample underfill on parallel-plate and cone-plate rheometers is examined. Sample underfill can be caused by incomplete filling of a sample or loss of fluid during a test by, for example, evaporation. It is shown that even a small degree of sample underfill can lead to significant errors in measuring viscosity. A method is proposed to reduce these errors by directly monitoring the sample radius over the full course of the test. It is shown that the accuracy of the rheometer even while testing simple fluids like water is greatly improved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 4
Number of pages4
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Rheometer
  • Sample underfill
  • Evaporation

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