A recently introduced shear-flow-free method for measuring the rotational viscosity of a resonantly forced torsional pendulum is used to determine the transverse magnetic relaxation time in magnetite and cobalt-based ferrofluids. From these data the average size of the ferromagnetic grains and their hydrodynamic diameter (core plus surfactant coating) are deduced under in-situ conditions, i.e. without diluting the sample. The reliability of the method is demonstrated by comparing the results with those of the complementary techniques of magneto-granulometry, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and photon-correlation spectroscopy.
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