In this paper the liquid absorption under capillary pressure, or wicking, in cylindrical polymer wicks made of sintered polymer beads is studied experimentally and theoretically. Three different polymer wicks (made from Polycarbonate, Polyethylene and Polypropylene) and three different well-characterized liquids (Hexadecane, Decane and Dodecane) are used in the present experimental study. These experimental results are then compared with the predictions of the capillary model. The capillary and hydraulic radii used in the model are found to behave like two independent wicking parameters and are needed to be measured separately to improve the accuracy of the capillary model in predicting wicking in polymer wicks. Accurate measurement of the capillary radius ensured a good prediction by the capillary model of the final steady-state height in the large-pore wicks.

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