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Polymer Characterization Facility

Facility Equipment


Rotational Rheometers









TA Instruments AR-G2
TA Instruments ARES-G2
TA Instruments DHR-3
TA Instruments Rheometric Series ARES Classic

Rotational Rheometer Video

Extensional Rheometers

HAAKE CaBER Capillary Breakup Extensional Rheometer
Extensional tools for rotational rheometers

Extensional DMA Rheometer

TA Instruments RSA-G2

Capillary Rheometers

Goettfert Visco-Tester 1500
Malvern Rosand RH7


Thermo Scientific Polylab with Rheomix 600
(batch, melts, 50 gram size)
Thermo Scientific PRISM 16mm Twin Screw Extruder
DSM Xplore Microcompounder (5 mL size)

Differential Scanning Calorimetry

TA Instruments Q1000 for -180 to 300 degrees C

Gel Permeation Chromatography
(polymer molecular weight)

Agilent PL-GPC 220 High Temperature GPC/SEC System
Waters Modular Room Temperature System