Faculty Supervisor: H. Jaeger
We established this facility to characterize the stress/strain relationships and other rheological properties of complex fluids. The facility maintains an Anton Paar MCR 301 rheometer with fully automated measurement capabilities in both stress and sheer rate control modes. Tools for parallel plate, cone, as well as Couette measurement geometries are available. The sample stage is temperature-stabilized and a solvent trap is available. The system also has capabilities for applying electric fields (up to 5kV) and magnetic fields (up to 1 T) to characterize electro-and magneto-rheological fluids.