Rotational viscometers-a subject for student projects

Yaakov Kraftmakher

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Three variants of the rotational viscometer employing a dc motor are considered. The viscometers are highly suitable for liquids of high viscosity, such as glycerol or oils (that is, for η in the range 10-1000 mPa s). The set-ups are very simple and can serve as a first step to designing devices that are more complicated. Experimentation with the electrical motors used in the viscometers provides a deeper understanding of some of the fundamental laws of electricity and magnetism (Lorentz's force, Faraday's law of electromagnetic induction, and Lenz's law).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)622-628
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2010


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