Estimation of contact angles on fibers

McHale, Glen, Rowan, S. Michael, Newton, Michael and Käb, N. A. (1999) Estimation of contact angles on fibers. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 13 (12). pp. 1457-1469. ISSN 0169-4243

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1163/156856199X00587

Abstract

A droplet of liquid placed on a flat high-energy solid surface spreads to give a thin film so that no macroscopic droplet shape exists. On a chemically identical solid surface with only the geometry changed to a cylinder, the same droplet can have an equilibrium conformation. When the equilibrium conformation is of a barrel type, the profile of the droplet changes rapidly in curvature as the three-phase contact line is approached and the direct measurement of the contact angle is difficult. This work considers the theoretical profile for barrel-type droplets on cylinders and discusses how the inflection angle in the profile depends on droplet parameters. Experimental results are reported for poly(dimethylsiloxane) oils on a range of fiber surfaces and these are used to estimate the equilibrium contact angle from the inflection angle. The drop radius and volume dependence of the inflection angle is confirmed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wetting, fibers, contact angles
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 11:09
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:55
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31030

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