The “rise time” required to achieve a steady pressure reading in a capillary rheometer operated at constant piston speed can be very long, up to several hours under certain circumstances. This phenomenon can pose a serious problem in the measurement of melt viscosity, and it would be useful to be able to estimate the rise time in the planning of experiments. Based on experiments involving several types of polyethylene, we found that the rise time increases with L/D and the amount of polymer initially…
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