ISO 1133-2:2011 specifies a procedure for the determination of the melt volume-flow rate (MVR) and melt mass-flow rate (MFR) of thermoplastic materials that exhibit a high rheological sensitivity to the time-temperature history experienced by the sample during the test and/or to moisture.
It is possible that this method will not be appropriate for materials whose rheological behaviour is extremely affected during testing.
MFR values can be determined by calculation from MVR measurements provided the melt density at the test temperature and pressure is known, or by measurement using a cutting device provided that the accuracy of the measurement is at least the same as that of the MVR measurement.
The primary difference between ISO 1133-2:2011 and ISO 1133-1 is that ISO 1133-2:2011 specifies tighter tolerances on the temperature in the cylinder and on the time duration over which the material is subjected to that temperature. Thus the time-temperature history of the material is more tightly controlled and consequently, for materials that are likely to be affected by exposure to elevated temperatures, the variability of test results is reduced compared with whether the specifications of ISO 1133-1 were used.
ISO 1133-2:2011 also provides information for preparation and handling of moisture sensitive materials that again are critical to obtaining repeatable, reproducible and accurate data.
The test conditions for measurement of the MVR and MFR are often specified in the material standard. However, for those materials where there are no test conditions specified in the material standard, it is necessary for the test conditions to be agreed between the interested parties