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Surface Tension - Rings, Bubbles, Drops, and Plates

Posted by Art Gatenby on Feb 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The definition of Liquid Surface Tension is simple.  

It's the force that keeps a liquid from flying off into space.

However, the measurement of surface tension can take many forms, which can be confusing. In an attempt to get some clarity, we have articulated two principle measurement concepts in this article: drop-based measurement and force-based measurement.

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Topics: Automatic Digital Tensiometer, Automatic Surface Tension Measurment, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, Interfacial Tensiometer, interfacial tension, tensiometers, du Nouy tensiometer, surface tension instruments, surface tension analysis

Do You Need An Automatic Tensiometer?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Dec 6, 2016 5:16:09 PM

This is an update of an article originally published in December 2013 - Three years ago.

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Topics: Automatic Digital Tensiometer, Automatic Surface Tension Measurment, Surface Tension Measurement, Liquid Properties

Should You Move to "Actual" Surface Tension?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Sep 8, 2016 4:31:38 PM

An understandable definition of surface tension: The attraction force between molecules at the surface of a liquid. The force that keeps if from flying off into space.

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Topics: Tensiometer, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, actual surface tension, apparent surface tension, Liquid Properties

Contact Angle and Surface Tension - A Fascinating Liaison

Posted by Amanda Ranowsky on Apr 4, 2016 12:56:10 PM

Contact angle and surface tension. The two terms are never far apart. Run a Google search of "contact angle" right now and see for yourself. You'll often see the terms mentioned within a breath of one another because contact angle and surface tension are two approaches to surface analysis - the study of how a surface interacts with other materials or components. Generally speaking, there is also a relationship between the two measurements, one that tends not to be very clearly explained in other resources. I hope to remedy that today.

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Topics: Automatic Surface Tension Measurment, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, contact angle, contact angle meter, wettability, Liquid Properties

Viscosity, Consistency and Surface Tension - What Are These Things?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Aug 27, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Nearly every day we have a question about differences between Viscosity, Consistency and Surface Tension. There is usually a second part of the question; 

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Topics: Viscometers, Viscosity, Bostwick Consistometer, Tensiometer, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, Liquid Properties

Dance Bars, Music Technology, and...Surface Tension?

Posted by Amanda Ranowsky on Jul 8, 2014 12:39:00 PM

What do an Irish music technology developer, a British manufacturer of arcade and retro-style furniture, and a dance bar in San Francisco have in common? Given a million guesses, I’d never have thought of this:

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Topics: Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, Liquid Properties

How Are Consistency, Surface Tension and Viscosity Different?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Feb 26, 2014 11:35:00 AM

I used to think that liquids were pretty simple things. Is that what you think too?

Not so fast. Let’s take a look at three properties of liquids and see if we change our view.

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Topics: Newtonian Fluid, Viscometers, Viscosity, Bostwick Consistometer, Consistency, duNouy Rings, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, Liquid Properties

When Do I Need An Automatic Digital Tensiometer?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Dec 16, 2013 7:55:00 AM

 

Automatic digital tensiometers are expensive - three to four times more so than a high-precision manual tensiometer. We hope to clearly depict when an automatic digital tensiometer is not merely nice to have, but essential.

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Topics: Wilhelmy Plates, Automatic Digital Tensiometer, Automatic Surface Tension Measurment, "Ask Art", duNouy Rings, Tensiometer, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, Liquid Properties

What are the Primary Conditions Affecting Surface Tension?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Sep 23, 2013 12:42:00 PM

One of the ways to describe surface tension in fluids is: the property of a liquid’s surface that resists force. It serves as a barrier to foreign materials and holds the liquid together. This ever-present property is caused by unbalanced forces on surface molecules that pull toward the main part of the liquid.

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Topics: Wilhelmy Plates, Automatic Digital Tensiometer, Automatic Surface Tension Measurment, duNouy Rings, Tensiometer, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, Interfacial Tensiometer, Fisher Tensiomat, Liquid Properties, Digital tensiometer

Surface Tension Measurement -- How High Is High Enough?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Mar 29, 2013 5:12:00 PM

I am regularly startled by little things that trigger new understanding about our slice of the instrument World.  This time it is about surface tension.

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Topics: Automatic Surface Tension Measurment, duNouy Rings, Tensiometer, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension, Liquid Properties

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