The Linkam CSS450 Shear System has been used in exciting research by the Polymer Technology Group at the University of Salerno to study polymer crystallization enhanced by flow. An improved understanding of flow-enhanced crystallization can help to tailor advanced transformation processes like injection-moulding and extrusion.
The Linkam CSS450 was chosen for its ability to accurately control changes in temperature and shear rate on the micro scale. Professor Pantani said that "Prior to our having the CSS450, understanding the analysis was just qualitative. Now we are able to complete unique quantitative analyses. We have been able to calculate the evolution of the nucleation density during the crystallization under shear using our own specialised image analysis software."
Thanks to Professors Giuseppe Titomanlio, Roberto Pantani and their colleagues at the University of Salerno for sharing their interesting application with us.
Posted by Rosie Hider