In this paper, the process for obtaining non-encapsulated Thermochromic Liquid Crystal (TLC) micro-particles from commercial bulk material (UN R25C10W) is described. The bulk material is analyzed in terms of morphology and rheological properties (i.e. viscosity, maximum shear rate). An experimental evaluation of surface tension values and contact angle measurements is made to complement the rheological data. On the basis of the obtained thermophysical values, an emulsification procedure is proposed and non-encapsulated TLC droplets with a dimension lower than 10 ?m were acquired.
Further, attention has been focused on the calibration process of TLC bulk material before and after the emulsification. A relation between the local temperature value, RGB and colour intensities (HSI) is obtained by analyzing the digital images with MATLAB Image Processing Toolbox.
The obtained results indicate that the commercial bulk material UN R25C10W TLC can be used to obtain stable oil-in-water emulsion by proposed emulsification procedure in this paper.