wetting agent


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wetting agent

[′wed·iŋ ‚ā·jənt]
(chemical engineering)
A substance that increases the rate at which a liquid spreads across a surface when it is added to the liquid in small amounts.
(graphic arts)
A substance that renders a surface nonrepellent to a wetting liquid.

wetting agent

A substance capable of lowering the surface tension of liquids, facilitating the wetting of solid surfaces, and permitting the penetration of liquids into the capillaries.
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The wetting agent was incorporated into the tap water at the rate of 2000 ppm (Karcher and Landreth 2003; Mitra et al.
Soil wetting agents market projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.
Nonionic surfactants, many of which are based on polyethoxylated materials, can be excellent wetting agents and emulsifiers.
Q What is the nature of wetting agents in compost, designed for patio containers, and why does it not work as well as the granules such as 'Swell Gel'.
This can be done by eliminating the cause rather than treating the symptoms, using wetting agents that are not foamy, such as Air Products' Surfynol[R] and EnviroGem[R] low-foam Gemini surfactants.
But if a contaminated solution is used after disinfection (as a rinse or wetting agent or eye drops), or if it is used with chemical disinfection of the lenses, the microorganisms can enter the eye and cause serious infections.
The Resource Efficiency Segment introduced a number of products at the European Coatings Show (ECS) that offers broad food contact compliances combined with exceptional performance, including Airase 5355, Airase 5655 and Airase 4655 defoamers, as well as a new wetting agent, Surfynol 355 surfactant.
Product name: TRITON HW-1000 Surfactant High Performance Wetting Agent
Strongly stable in both acid and alkaline media, this rosin acid dispersion is said to offer unique properties to the formulator or as a wetting agent where non-foaming is critical, according to the company.
In such a case, use a soil penetrant or wetting agent such as ``Water-In.
This method is completed without conditioning the peat moss material with a wetting agent to preserve the natural hydrophobicity of the peat moss material in order to impede water penetrati on within the article.
The research included laboratory studies on the effects of wetting agent formulation on the interaction of water with contrasting Australian soil types ranging from severely water repellent through to soils that showed only low water repellence.