The Rheology and Materials Characterisation Laboratory has a wide range of stress and strain controlled rheometers and various materials characterisation (analytical) instruments.
These instruments have been used for various projects related to basic and applied research (see list of projects for details). These instruments are put to their maximum use to assist local industries characterise the samples in a one stop process. These facilities attract not only researchers from across RMIT University, but from other national and international academic and research institutes.
The Rheology and Materials Characterisation Laboratory is closely situated next to four other major facilities at RMIT University, including the MicroNano Research Facility (MNRF), the Integrated Victorian X-Ray Structural Determination and Materials Characterisation Facility, the RMIT Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility, and the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (RMMF).
The following instruments are available in our lab.
- ARES rheometer (strain controlled)
- Discovery HR3 rheometer
- Rheometrics RFS rheometers (strain controlled)
- Dynamic stress rheometer SR200 (stress controlled)
- Reologica Merlin II Rheosys (shear rate controlled)
- Leica Optical microscope
- Electrical Resistance Tomography (p2000)
- Particle size analyser – Malvern Mastersizer 3000
- Spectrum 100 – mid IR (hyphenation with STA6000)
- Simulated Thermal Analyser (STA 6000)
- Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
- Moisture analyser HR 83
- Minolta Chromameter CR300
- Melt flow index tester
- Twin screw extruder
- Vacuum forming equipment
- Universal Tensile testing equipment (Instron, load cell upto 30 kN)
- Mocon oxygen permeation testing equipment
- Water vapour permeation testing equipment
- QUV Weatherometer
- Bench top oven
- Hardness testing
- Charpy and Izod impact testing
- pH, conductivity and redox potential bench scale systems
- Atlas Sun Test instrument
- User access to fume hood and wet chemistry labs