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capillary action

[′kap·ə‚ler·ē ′ak·shən]
(fluid mechanics)

capillary action, capillarity

1.The movement of a liquid in the interstices of soil or other porous material, as a result of surface tension.
2. The phenomenon responsible for dry soil sucking up moisture above the ground water level. Also see capillary flow.
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The filling stage is complete early for the case with capillary effect.
It is applicable to the cases with strong capillary effects (Bo > 1/3) [7] or without capillary effects (Bo = 0) [8,9].
and other researchers recently used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to simulate a microfluidic valve utilizing capillary effects.

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