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wetting agent

1. Any agent, such as a surfactant, that allows a fluid to spread over and coat a surface to which it is applied.
2. In radiographic wet film processing, a solution used after washing to reduce surface tension and accelerate water flow from the film to speed drying.
See also: agent
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The influence of the wetting agent on homogenization properties could be further investigated with different wetting agent concentrations to see whether it is a linear decline (as shown in Figure 7) or follows a saturation pattern.
Adding a wetting agent to irrigation water is another way to reduce the liquid surface tension and can have a positive effect on infiltration in water repellent soil, but have a positive or negative effect on infiltration into a soil that is not water repellent (Feng et al.
The cleaner conditioner functions as a super wetting agent that promotes catalyst adsorption onto the glass and resin of the hole wall.
The aim of the wetting agent is to help minimise this problem by reducing surface tension on the peat.
The silicone carbinol fluid was compared with other materials used as wetting agents within the color cosmetic industry.
Oakite BCR is an alkaline cleaning agent formulated with special wetting agents which help to give it its excellent penetrating properties.
Studies have shown that these pellets often host such toxic chemicals as polychlorinated biphenyls; (PCBs), DDE (a breakdown product of DDT), and nonylphenols (commercial wetting agents that are now known to mimic the hormone estrogen).
Abitec, with manufacturing facilities in Europe and North America, manufactures bodying agents, carriers, dispersants, emollients, moisturizers, solubilizers, viscosity modifiers, specialty bases, wetting agents and nutritional supplements.
The global ink additives market is projected to reach USD $2 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 5.2% between 2018 and 2023, according to MarketsandMarket's report "Ink Additives Market by Type (Dispersing & Wetting Agents, Foam Control Additives, Slip/ Rub Materials, Rheology Modifiers), Process, Technology, Application (Packaging, Publishing, Printing), and Region--Global Forecast to 2023."
Synthron has a range of antifoams, spreading and levelling agents, substrate wetting agents, dispersing agents for organic and mineral based pigments, catalysts for curing, rheology modifiers, antistatic agents and more.
Although wetting agents (i.e., surfactants designed to facilitate wetting) primarily aggregate at the air/liquid interface, wetting can also occur at air/solid, liquid/solid, and liquid/liquid interfaces (see Figure 2).