There are many operations in the plastics industry where it is useful to be able to monitor the rheological properties of a melt as it is being processed. Such operations include polymerization, blending, compounding, and reactive extrusion. The design of such instruments poses major challenges, as there is a conflict between the need for rapid sample renewal and the desire for measurement accuracy. In‐line types, which are installed directly in the process flow, have a rapid response but must operat…
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