Dynamic Wettability of Wood

Douglas J. Gardner, Necitas C. Generalia, David W. Gunnells, Michael P. Wolcott

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Dynamic contact angle (DCA) analysis, utilizing the Wilhelmy plate method of contact angle measurement, was used to study the dynamic wettability of red oak (Quercus rubra) and yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). The effects of wood elemental and chemical composition, surface roughness, absorption and capillary flow, sample aging, and machine testing speed were examined. DCA analysis appears to be a useful method for studying the dynamic wetting behavior of wood, and when combined with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and wood chemical composition data, it provides information regarding how wood processing and environmental conditioning effects surface energetics and chemistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2498-2502
Number of pages5
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 1991


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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Gardner, D. J., Generalia, N. C., Gunnells, D. W., & Wolcott, M. P. (1991). Dynamic Wettability of Wood. Langmuir, 7(11), 2498-2502. https://doi.org/10.1021/la00059a017