The effect of drop volume on the equilibrium contact angle, used in evaluation of food contact surface properties, was measured for liquids exhibiting both polar and nonpolar character on six different materials. Drop volumes used ranged from 2 to 40 μl. Contact angles were observed to increase with increasing drop volume in a range below some limiting value, identified as the critical drop volume (CDV). The CDV varied among materials and is explained with reference to surface energetic heterogeneities exhibited by each type of solid surface.

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