Scientific apparatus

 Scientific Apparatus 

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.

Find out more >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.

Find out more >Inventing and Developing Scientific Apparatus

Links to four individual apparatus are given below.


Centro Symmetric Flow Devices

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

Find out more >Bristol Extensional flow Apparatus

Find out more >Extensional Flow.


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.

Find out more >Cambridge Shear Cell


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.

Find out more >Cambridge Multipass Rheometer


Cambridge Trimaster

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.

Find out more >UCL Trimaster 2019 (v2) (.pdf)


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;

Find out more >Ink jet and filament stretch


Inventing apparatus and processes

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.

Find out more >Inventing apparatus and processes 2011 (v2) (.pdf)