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Art Gatenby

Manufacturer of test equipment. The Company specialized in the measurement of Moisture, Particle Size and Surface Tension. In these areas CSC Scientific serves the Food, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Petroleum, Waste Water, Mining, Power and similar industries.
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Surface Tension – Tensiometer Update

Posted by Art Gatenby on Apr 29, 2011 2:11:00 PM

This ramble is about changes in the Surface Tension Equipment landscape.

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Topics: Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, duNouy Rings, Tensiometer, Interfacial Tensiometer, Fisher Tensiomat, Liquid Properties

Loss-On-Drying Moisture Analysis and Other Moisture Mysteries Part IV: Water Activity

Posted by Art Gatenby on Mar 31, 2011 3:39:00 PM

Loss-On-Drying moisture analysis seemed like a simple process until, in a state of naïve bliss, I promised to look at evaporation, vapor pressure and bound water. While I was otherwise occupied with these realities, I offered to enter the world of witchcraft and folklore; water activity.

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Topics: Loss-On-Drying, Moisture Analysis, Bound Moisture, Water Activity, Moisture Sorption Isotherm

Who's Concerned About Sieve Shakers?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Mar 11, 2011 12:33:00 PM


The primary purpose of a sieve shaker is to provide motion to a sample in a test sieve.

An effective sieve shaker creates a motion that presents all the particles to all of the sieve openings and assists particles in passing through. This requires both rotary and vertical motion.

This process seems simple enough, but let's not be taken in.

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Topics: Sieve Shakers, Particle Size Analysis, Sieve Testing, Sieves

Loss-On-Drying Moisture Analysis and Other Moisture Mysteries Part III: Free and Bound Water

Posted by Art Gatenby on Jan 25, 2011 4:18:00 PM

In my previous missive about Loss-On drying, we discussed Vapor Pressure -- because logically it was next. As we continue to explore moisture, we learn how vital vapor pressure is when regarding the quirky issues of free and bound water.

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Topics: Moisture, Loss-On-Drying, Moisture Analysis, Evaporation, Bound Moisture, Free Moisture, Moisture Testing

How Does Surface Tension Relate to Viscosity?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Jan 17, 2011 9:58:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Wilhelmy Plates, Viscosity, duNouy Rings, Tensiometer, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, Interfacial Tensiometer, Liquid Properties

Loss On Drying Moisture Analysis and Other Moisture Mysteries II Vapor Pressure

Posted by Art Gatenby on Nov 22, 2010 5:55:00 PM

A while ago on these pages I agonized about loss-on-drying moisture analysis . As you may recall, my explorations of the drying process overwhelmed me with evaporation concepts , vapor pressure notions, water content complexities and water activity witchcraft, all just to dry something.
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Topics: Loss-On-Drying, Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing, Evaporation

Having Trouble Performing a duNouy Ring Test in Thick Samples?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Nov 15, 2010 3:29:00 PM

My musings were interrupted this week with a pressing challenge. It was stated like this:

 “My duNouy ring kept falling off the arm hook when attempting to immerse it into a high-viscosity sample.”

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Topics: Surface Tension, duNouy Rings, Interfacial Tensiometer, Surface Tension Measurement, tensiometers, Liquid Properties

Is Particle-Size Analysis Boring? Trivial? Amazing? Exciting? Vital?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Nov 2, 2010 3:57:00 PM

When I tell people at cocktail parties that we specialize in Particle-Size Analysis. I usually get a polite response of ------ “OH !!,”   which translates to “So who cares?”

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Topics: Particle Size Analysis, Sieving Process, Sonic Sifter, Sieves

Loss-On-Drying Moisture Analysis and Other Moisture Mysteries I

Posted by Art Gatenby on Oct 25, 2010 3:52:00 PM

One quiet night, I was musing over moisture analysis and how easy it is to do using loss-on drying. Little did I know what was in store.

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Topics: Loss-On-Drying, Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing

Certify Sieves or Calibrate Sieves --- Should You Do It?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Jun 30, 2010 4:57:00 PM

The relative value of a sieve certification process vs a sieve calibration has perplexed me for a long time.

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Topics: Particle Size Analysis, Sieve Shakers, Sieves, Sieve Calibration, Mid-Point Sieves, Sieve Testing

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