Dynamic contact angles typically mean advancing and receding contact angles or contact angle changes along time. The dynamic contact angles can be measured conveniently using camera-based contact angle meters. An alternative to the optical image based method is the Wilhelmy balance method available on a surface tensiometer. Instead of using high-speed cameras, a surface tensiometer relies on a high-resolution electronic balance to measure the force acting on the sample over time when the sample is being introduced into or pulling away from a liquid. Given the perimeter of the sample, the contact angle as a function of time and advancing or receding angle can be determined.

Typical Experimental Results:

Dynamic Contact Angles of a Polypropylene plate

Advancing Angle(deg)
Receding Angle(deg)
90.54 64.32



Dynamic contact angle of water on a polypropylene plate.


Aqueous Solutions Contact Angle Hysteresis Dip Coatings
High Viscous Liquids Metal Sheets Oil Mixtures
Papers Plates PTFE Sheets
Rods Temperature Control Tubing

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Key Specifications:

Measurement Range 0-100 m N/m
Contact Angle Range 0 – 180°
Display Resolution 0.01° m N/m
Repeatability 0.02 m N/m
Sample Volume 20 mL – Petri Dish

50 mL – Vessel

Stage Movement Range 50 mm
Stage Movement Speed 0.002 – 50 mm/s


Instruments: Kyowa DyneMaster DY-700 Surface Tensiometer



ASTM Number Title Website Link
D7334-08 Standard Practice for Surface Wettability of Coatings, Substrates and Pigments by Advancing Contact Angle Measurement Link