Aerial wetting contact angle measurement using confocal microscopy

Chesna, Jacob W., Wiedmaier, Bob F., Wang, Jinlin, Samara, Ayman, Leach, Richard K., Her, Tsing-Hua and Smith, Stuart T. (2016) Aerial wetting contact angle measurement using confocal microscopy. Measurement Science and Technology, 27 (12). ISSN 1361-6501

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A method is presented in which the wetting contact angle of a sessile drop is acquired aerially using confocal techniques to measure the radius and the height of a droplet deposited on a planar surface. The repeatability of this method is typically less than 0.25°, and often less than 0.1°, for droplet diameters less than 1 mm. To evaluate accuracy of this method, an instrument uncertainty budget is developed, which predicts a combined uncertainty of 0.91° for a 1 mm diameter water droplet with a contact angle of 110°. For droplets having diameters less than 1 mm and contact angles between 15° and 160°, these droplets approach spherical shape and their contact angles can be computed analytically with less than 1% error. For larger droplets, gravitational deformation needs to be considered.

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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 11:05
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:15

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