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Within the catalog of questions we are asked is a category related to Calibrating duNouy Ring Tensiometers. The subject matter ranges from how, why and what is proven?
I guess the immediate and wise-assed answers are:
This ramble is about changes in the Surface Tension Equipment landscape.
You may recall that I promised to offer my interpretation as to how Surface Tension is related to Viscosity.
To begin with, liquid surface tension and viscosity share a common trait: they both involve properties of fluids. After that, things start to get murky.
“My duNouy ring kept falling off the arm hook when attempting to immerse it into a high-viscosity sample.”
When tempted to think I know all there is about surface tension measurement, further information brings me back to earth. I’m conversant with the principal applications: surfactant analysis, plating, detecting contaminants, development of ink and the like. I have assisted customers to set up and calibrate duNouy Ring tensiometers for most applications -- all the while taking for granted that the Ring technique was the method of choice -- with only infrequent questions arising about Wilhelmy Plate tensiometers.
I keep running into this kind of thing.
There is a recurring question we are asked as instrument manufacturers:
"Is my equipment working OK?"
This is of particular concern when a production process seems to be off standard.
QC says: "Clearly Process Problems"
Production says: "Bad Test Results"
These challenges arise often.
What to do?
Topics: Surface Tension
I was musing, the other day on the designs of two ring tensiometers. One of them is called an interfacial tensiometer and the other simply a tensiometer. The plain tensiometer works only with an upward pull and the interfacial works with both an upward pull as well as a downward push. Before I get to my question a couple of definition might be useful.