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Why measure the viscosity of a fluid?

Viscosity is an important physical characteristic of the majority of liquids manufactured and used in industry. It allows :

  • Directly characterize the quality of the final product (lubricating oils, fuels, inks, paints, …)
  • Indirectly characterize a property of use of the final product or in the course of manufacture (dry matter content, Brix, texture of a cheese speciality, polymer size, …)
  • Control the progress of physico-chemical reactions during the manufacturing process,
  • Ensure the proper functioning of an equipment and guarantee its performance or the quality of the final product (burner, motor, printing machine, …),
  • Sizing the equipment (pumps, agitators, …)