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Pancake Syrup

Laboratory Viscometer Application Data Sheet


Pancake syrup is used as a topping on pancakes.

Test Equipment:

  • Instrument: Viscometer or Rheometer
  • Spring Torque Range: LV and RV
  • Spindle: SC4-31/13RPY Sample Chamber (LV); SC4-18/13RPY Sample Chamber (RV)
  • Accessories: Small Sample Adapter, TC-502P Programmable, Refrigerated Bath
  • Speed, rpm: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 rpm at 4C (LV/SC4-31 and RV/SC4-18); 10, 20, 30 and 40 rpm at 25C (LV/SC4-31); 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 rpm at 25C (RV/SC34-18)

* While a particular model/version may be used as an example in this method, any current or past model/version from the same series may also be used. Please consult a sales associate to discuss the most current instrumentation and software available.

The Small Sample Adapter™ may be used with various Brookfield Viscometers or Rheometers. In our example, we used a Brookfield LVDV-III+ and RVDV-III+, with Rheocalc™ v3.1 software for automated instrument control and data acquisition. Our test temperatures of 4C and 25C were maintained by connecting the Small Sample Adapter water jacket to a TC-502P Programmable Refrigerated Bath. Representative data from the analyses are shown in Figures 1, 2 and 3 below:

Figure 1: Pancake Syrup at 4C and 25C; Viscosity vs. Speed, RPM

Figure 2: Pancake Syrup at 4C and 25C; Viscosity vsShear Rate, 1/s

Figure 3: Pancake Syrup at 4C and 25C; Viscosity vs. Shear Rate, 1/s "(log10 scale)"

The data from our analyses show, at both test temperatures, viscosity decreasing as speed or shear rate is increased. This type of flow behavior is sometimes referred to as "shear- thinning". The Figure 1, 2 and 3 graphs also show that the pancake syrup viscosity is higher at the lower temperature, 4C (Black and Purple Data), than at 25C (Red and Blue Data). Temperature may greatly affect the viscosities of many different materials; increasing temperature typically decreases the viscosity of a given substance. The dissimilarity in viscosity ranges between the two sets of data at each test temperature, most readily seen in Figure 3, is attributable to the different shear rates created by the two test spindles. Log-log scales, shown in Figure 3, are used to more evenly space data taken over wide ranges of viscosity, for example. Our tests with an RVDV-III+ with SC4-18 spindle and LVDV-III+ with SC4-31 spindle produced on-scale results at both test temperatures. However, when testing at 4C we had to use speeds slower than those used at 25C in order to obtain on-scale results.