The analysis of the experiments on liquid imbibition into porous solids carried out by using the increase of weight technique proves the influence that meniscus formation has on the experimental increase of weight when the bottom of the porous layer is put in contact with the free surface of the liquid used to perform the penetration experiments. This process (meniscus onset) has a temporary dependence due to the change of the distance between the inferior base of the plate and the free surface of the liquid as a result of the imbibition. We have also found the proper experimental conditions under which such temporary dependence can be minimized after a short time after the start of contact between the porous layer and the free surface of the liquid utilized in the penetration procedure. Thus, the weight increase because of the meniscus formation can be assumed as a constant during the greatest part of the experiments, allowing the use of the proper mathematical form of Washburn's equation in order to describe the imbibition of the liquid into the pores of the solid. © 2001 Academic Press.
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