Scientific Apparatus

Inventing Scientific Apparatus and Processes

Scientific apparatus are at the heart of the way we increase scientific understanding and the general topic is covered in a one page pdf introduction below.

An introduction to the development of scientific apparatus (.pdf)

The next pdf is a review on the development of a number of specific scientific apparatus where I have been personally involved.

Inventing and Developing Scientific Apparatus

Links to four individual apparatus are given below.

Extensional Flow.

This section describes in photographs and conference presentations the development of a number of centro symmetric flow devices.

Cambridge Shear Cell

The Cambridge Shear Cell was initially developed to study the flow behaviour of Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP). The apparatus is now manufactured by Linkam Scientific and used throughout the world for many different fluid systems.

Cambridge Multipass Rheometer

This apparatus was developed at Cambridge in the 1990s and has in the past been used extensively by the Polymer Fluids Group to study polymer melt processing behaviour.

Cambridge Trimaster

UCL Trimaster 2019 (v2) (.pdf)

This apparatus was initially developed with Dr Tri Tuladhar at Cambridge and was specifically built to study the extensional deformation, thinning and break up of ink jet fluids.

Filament stretch and breakup. 

Work on filament breakup carried out in conjunction with CEMEF at Sophia Antipolis, France in the 2000s, can be found at;

Ink jet and filament stretch

Before I left Cambridge I gave a Departmental Seminar on “Inventing apparatus and processes”. The presentation is relevant to both this apparatus section and the innovation section. I included in the presentation a number of pictures that had influenced me during my career. I also included some quotes from a book by Haruki Marukami which I had read just before preparing my last departmental seminar.

Inventing apparatus and processes

Inventing apparatus and processes 2011 (v2) (.pdf)