The DSA30 is one of our helpful tools in developing sustainable plastic solutions for the future.
Senior Engineer, Norner
The Expert version of the DSA30 Drop Shape Analyzer enables solids and liquids in wetting and coating processes to be analyzed comprehensively. The high degree of automation with easily programmable features provides for user-independent contact angle and surface tension results, which is ideal for the use in quality control. However, the DSA30E is also frequently used in R&D due to its versatility in controlling thermal conditions and its scientific tools for analyzing the solid/liquid contact.
Quality assurance of activation processes such as plasma treatment, flame treatment, or corona treatment
Analyzing wettability of plastics, glass, ceramics, wood, paper, or metal
Analyzing the effectiveness of hydrophobic coatings and other coatings
Analyzing coating liquids and adhesives and assessing their adhesion
Assessing long-term stability of coatings
Analyzing (super-) hydrophobic and self-cleaning surfaces
Analyzing homogeneity of cleanliness and wettability and measuring differences between coated/uncoated or treated/untreated areas
Wetting analysis at controlled temperature and/or humidity
Contact angle of a drop on a solid surface
Contact angles of two drops dosed in parallel
Automated position-dependent contact angle measurement and evaluation
Contact angle using a gas bubble beneath a solid surface in a liquid
Roll-off behavior and advancing/receding contact angle of a drop on a tilted surface
Surface free energy of a solid using contact angle data
Calculating adhesion-related scientific parameters for the interfacial contact
Surface or interfacial tension using the curvature of a drop or bubble at the tip of a needle
Carrying out a measurement up to 20 consecutive times and displaying the results together
Calculating the polar and disperse part of the surface tension from contact angle and surface tension data
Static contact angle
Advancing and receding contact angle
Contact angle using a bubble in a liquid
Surface free energy (SFE) according to the following models: Owens/Wendt/Rabel/Kaelble (OWRK), (extended) Fowkes, van Oss & Good, Schultz, Wu, Zisman
Position-dependent contact angle and SFE
Surface tension of a liquid and interfacial tension between two liquids
Work of adhesion, solid/liquid interfacial tension, spreading coefficient
The special multi-dosing system of the DSA30E for software-controlled dispensing of up to four liquids provides for automated and precise determination of the surface free energy (SFE). Precise measurements of the advancing and receding angle run smoothly thanks to the adjustable dosing dynamics. This measuring mode leads to a statistically significant mean value for the measured sample position.
The DSA30E is fitted with three software-controlled axes. These move the sample accurately and quickly to all programmed measuring positions. This makes it possible to carry out complete, standardized analyses, which is ideal for quality control. Moreover, wetting can be analyzed dependent on the sample position to check for homogeneity or to assess differences between coated and uncoated areas, for example.
The DSA30E features a high-resolution camera and a quality zoom lens for accurate display of the drop with optimum size. The high image quality that this achieves leads to a precisely measured contact angle or surface tension (SFT). Combined with the intelligent image evaluation algorithm of the ADVANCE software, drop shape analysis with the instrument provides exact results.
With the ADVANCE software's easy-to-create automation programs you can design standard procedures for fully automated sample analyses in no time at all. Optional software tools for data analysis combine SFE and SFT data in order to assess the adhesion and other scientific parameters of the solid/liquid contact.
Intuitive software with a workflow-oriented user interface
Swift and repeatable analyses thanks to measurement templates and powerful automation functions
Superior algorithms for image analyses provide for precise results even with difficult images
A wide range of evaluation methods makes ADVANCE a reliable scientific tool
Don’t lose time and let measuring be the first thing you do with your instrument.
Start your analyses with solid know-how and refresh and deepen it during your instrument’s life cycle.
Expect your instrument to be a reliable long-term employee.