International Journal of Thermophysics

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 1013–1028 | Cite as

Surface-tension effects in suspended-level capillary viscometers

  • F. A. Gonçalves
  • J. Kestin
  • J. V. Sengers


The results of an experimental study of surface-tension effects in kinematic capillary viscometers of the suspended-level type are presented. These results are deduced from a comparison with measurements obtained with a special Ostwald viscometer in which surface-tension effects are negligibly small. It is shown that surface-tension effects in suspended-level viscometers are sensitive to the shape of the capillary exit. Recommendations how to minimize these effects are discussed.

Key words

capillary viscometers Ostwald viscometer surface tension Ubbelohde viscometer viscosity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. A. Gonçalves
    • 1
  • J. Kestin
    • 2
    • 3
  • J. V. Sengers
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratório de QuímicaAcademia MilitarLisboaPortugal
  2. 2.Division of EngineeringBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Physical Science and TechnologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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