capillary action

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capillary action

The spontaneous movement of a liquid up thin tubes, due to adhesive and cohesive forces and surface tension.

capillary action

A surface tension effect shown by the elevation or depression of a liquid at the region of contact with a solid, as in capillary tubes.
Synonym: capillarity
See also: action
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Figure 3 illustrates that the theoretical value of capillary rise height for different soil types is increasing irrespective of grain size, while the field monitoring value of capillary rise height does not show the same trend, increasing first and then decreasing.
Hamraoui and Nylander investigated mechanisms regulating the dynamics of the capillary rise in the view of dissipation channels (Hamraoui, Nylander 2002).
Furthermore, few other studies cited in the literature also justify the use of zero contact angles in capillary rise IFT calculations under the instances where the liquid completely wets the solid surface (Danesh et al., 1990; Danesh, 1998).
The working version of the capillary rise equation is as follows:
where L is the capillary rise height, t is the time, [K.sub.r] is the capillary constant, [[gamma].sub.lv] is the liquid surface tension and [eta] is the liquid viscosity.
Generally, capillary rise does not bring much water from deeper in a soil to plant root systems, because unsaturated flow works solely over a short distance.
In this formula, 10% particle size [d.sub.10], void ratio e, and the coefficient C(C = 3 x [10.sup.-5] [m.sup.2] ~ 8 x [10.sup.-5] [m.sup.2]) are used to calculate the maximum capillary rise height.
Williams, "Kinetics of liquid/liquid capillary rise," Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol.
Mostly, when changing drying regime, and all the other technological specifications were fixed, heterogeneity degree of structure was fluctuating from approximately 0.2 ( the 7th batch) to 1 (first batch), maximum rate of capillary rise according to watering front was fluctuating approximately from 17 mm (the 7th batch) to 50 mm (the first batch) and capillary rate of mass flow which was fluctuating from 0.25 g/[cm.sup.2] (the 7th batch) to 1 g/[cm.sup.2] (the 1st batch).
The theoretical limit of capillary rise in concrete is about 10 km (6 miles)--and that is not a typo.
Salinity results from deeper sampling undertaken in 1994 and 1998 showed that surface-applied straw mulch on spoil, or topsoil without mulch, were associated with salt accumulation at the surface as a result of capillary rise (Fig.
The well-known capillary rise technique has been adapted for IFT measurements at elevated pressures and temperatures.