PAN testing

Determination of the solution viscosity of PAN

The PSL Polymer Testing Laboratory (based in the United Kingdom) is equipped with RPV-1 and RPV-2 viscometers for testing the solution viscosity of a wide range of polymers. For PAN testing, the laboratory can provide a quick turnaround of sample testing using the RPV-2 RSS with integrated iSP-1 and SD-1 reaction block.

The laboratory has experience in measuring PAN samples at different concentrations in order to generate Intrinsic Viscosity results with high levels of precision. Testing will be carried out in full compliance with ASTM D2857 or as specified by the customer.

In particular, samples will be prepared on a weight to weight basis using the integrated sample preparation system.

Test Report

For each sample preparation, the test report will include the following information:

  • Sample ID and description
  • Details of the viscometer configuration used for testing
  • Concentration (including exact sample and solvent weight)
  • Dissolution conditions (temperature and time)
  • Average solvent flow time and interim flow times with precision obtained
  • Average solution flow time and interim flow times with precision obtained
  • Glass capillary viscometer* (type, size, serial number constant)
  • Testing temperature (including verification of temperature by certified reference thermometer*)
  • All calculated results, including: Relative viscosity, Specific viscosity, Reduced viscosity Inherent viscosity to 3 significant places
  • Intrinsic viscosity to 3 significant place

Technical consultation

For each set of results submitted, PSL Rheotek will provide one-hour email or telecom technical support to discuss methodology and/or results reported.

How to submit your samples

Please send your samples to:

  • PSL Rheotek USA – 12692 Sandy Drive, Suite 115, Granger, IN 46530, USA
  • PSL Polymer Testing Laboratory – Russell House, Burnham Business Park, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex. CM0 8TE. UK

Approximately 50g of sample (or larger amount as it will be more representative of the variability of the polymer) should be sent. The PSL Polymer Testing laboratory will report results by pdf via email.

Fee code: T-DSV-PAN

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