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GE Melt Viscosity

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Melt Viscosity measures the rate of extrusion of thermoplastics through an orifice at a prescribed temperature and load. It provides a means of measuring flow of a melted material which can be used to evaluate the consistency of materials, or determine the extent of degradation of the plastic as a result of molding. Degraded materials would generally flow more as a result of reduced molecular weight, and could exhibit reduced physical properties. Typically, Melt Viscosities for a part and the resin it is molded from are determined, then a percentage difference can be calculated. Alternatively, comparisons between "good" parts and "bad" parts may be of value.

Test Procedure:
Approximately 7 grams of the material is loaded into the barrel of the melt flow apparatus, which has been heated to a temperature specified for the material. A weight specified for the material is applied to a plunger and the molten material is forced through the die. The time in seconds for the plunger to move 1 inch is recorded. Melt viscosity values are calculated in poise.

Specimen size:
At least 14 grams of material is needed.

Melt Viscosity is calculated from the measured time.
Note - the calculation is resin specific.

melt viscosity (poise) = measured time x correlation factor

Equipment Used:
CSI Melt Flow Indexer (Extrusion Plastometer)

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**Please note that this test description is intentionally generic in nature and aimed at providing a descriptive summary to enhance test understanding. For more information please contact a Intertek PTL Technical Representative at . Due to copyright restrictions, we are not able to provide copies of standards. Standards can be obtained from appropriate standards authorities.

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