Mass-area method to measure the contact angle on hydrophilic surfaces

Hie Chan Kang, Anthony M Jacobi

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Abstract

A mass-area method is proposed to overcome problems in the measurement of the equilibrium contact angles for rough and hydrophilic surfaces. A goniometer usually measures the contact angle at the top plane of a rough surface, not the contact line of the solid-liquid interface. The present method estimates the contact angle indirectly from the volume of the liquid and the size of the contact area, assuming a spherical cap and consistent with a minimization of the free energy. The present method shows a roughly linear relationship with measurements by a goniometer for smooth surfaces of various solid materials with various liquids, but the goniometer measurements are smaller. An example test and the error of the present measurement method are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
Pages959-964
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
EventASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Nov 11 2011Nov 17 2011

Publication series

NameASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
Volume1

Other

OtherASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period11/11/1111/17/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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