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Capillary action: mercury depression

  1. Apr 30, 2009 #1
    hi guys, need some help for this question.

    a capillary of unknown internal radius was inserted into a pool of mercury into a pool of mercury. the height of mercury within the capillary was depressed 1.6cm below the free liquid. Calculate the internal diameter of the capillary. For the mercury-air interface on glass, the contact angle is 140 degree. for mercury at 298.15K, density= 13.59g/cm3, surface tension=0.4865Nm-1

    im not sure how to go about solving this question. is it the same approach for capillary rise, but in this case it's a depression, which is due to the cohesive force being greater than the adhesive force. for capillary rise, 2 x pi x r x surface tension x cos angle = pi x r2 x h x density x g.
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