Flowscan Real-Time Rheology System

Real-time, non-invasive rheology
for in-line and on-line
(process control) applications

The FlowScan™ system from Aspect Imaging is a novel platform for
real-time, non-invasive rheological measurements of all liquids for
in-line or on-line (process control) industrial applications. Based on
MRI technology used in medical imaging, the FlowScan allows the
industrial rheologist to benefit from a powerful, easy-to-use and
completely non-invasive (no plungers, no cleaning, no moving parts)
system for real-time rheological measurement.


Real-time, non-invasive rheology for in-line and
on-line (process control) applications

Non-Invasive

  • Automated sample handling - liquid flows directly through FlowScan
  • No maintenance or wear-and-tear
  • No moving parts, no cleaning

Versatile

Used for wide variety of materials, wide variety of applications:

  • Rheology
  • Diffusion
  • Composition (via localized spectroscopy)

High-Resolution

  • Detailed multi-variable analysis

The FlowScan generates a flow image and a single pressure drop measurement that
provide information sufficient to construct a rheogram.

  • Apparent yield stress and apparent slip velocity, which frequently occur in complex
    fluids such as food or personal care products, can be directly observed.
  • Flow imaging can also provide information on phase separation, of interest in
    systems where settling of heavy particles or rising of a gas phase may occur and
    needs to be detected and or quantified.

FlowScan™ Workflow: Real-time, Non-invasive rheological measurement

Simple Workflow

Liquids of Interest

All liquids of interest flow
non-invasively through the
FlowScan. There are no batches,
no plungers and no cleaning. The
production or QA line simply flows
through the FlowScan unit and the
liquid is measured through the
pipe.

Simple Workflow

Real-time Rheological Changes

Real-time rheological changes are measured, quantified and reported on in an on-line or in-line setting.

Real-time rheological measurements include:

  • Apparent yield stress
  • Apparent (wall) slip velocity
  • Phase separation (settling of heavy particles or rising of a gas phase)
  • Turbulence over time
Simple Workflow

Non-Invasive Rheological Read-Outs

Real-time rheological changes are
measured, quantified and reported
on in a production, QA or in-line
setting.

Simple Workflow

Measure all liquids, Multiple pipe sizes

The FlowScan can measure all
liquids, which flow freely through
the imaging unit. Non-metallic
pipes from .5"- 2" can be
connected to a production line
and can deliver a continuous flow
of the material for real-time
rheological assessment.