Kinematic Viscometer (Make: STANHOPE-SETA; Model: 83700-3)

  • Kinematic viscosity of liquids (either fuel or lubricating oil) is measured using Kinematic Viscometer at 40oC.

  • This unit has six calibrated precision capillary viscometer tubes inside a cylindrical glass oil bath, which are interchangeable and may be selected from a range of nine tubes, measuring viscosities between 3 and 2000 mm2/s.

  • A six channel timer is fitted for measuring flow times for a fixed volume of fuel to flow under gravity through a capillary of the viscometer.

  • The kinematic viscosity is the product of measured time and calibration constant of the viscometer tube used in viscometer.

  • A cooling tube fitted in the bath is used for tests below and slightly above ambient, and also to quickly lower the bath temperature when needed.


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Contact person

Dr Avinash K Agarwal, FSAE, FASME
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur-208016 India
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Tel: +91 512 2597982 (Off)
    +91 512 2598682 (Res)
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Kinematic viscosity measurement, viscometer

Engine Research Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
IIT Kanpur, Kanpur-208016
Tel: +91 512 2597458 (Lab)

Engine Research Laboratory, IIT Kanpur

Contact Prof. Avinash Kumar Agarwal

Contact Prof. Avinash Kumar Agarwal

The Sample must be clear fluid, free of particles, and air bubbles both in the pipette or syringe and after injection into the viscometer tube.

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