Action of Solvents on Dried Linseed Oil Films


THE action of a range of organic solvents on aged linseed oil films, both pigmented and unpigmented, has been investigated1. A specially designed apparatus based on the parallel plate viscometer was used2 to make precise measurements of changes in thickness of films coated on a rigid substrate, while free films (these proved to be isotropic in behaviour) were observed under a measuring microscope. The results thus obtained, together with related gravimetric measurements, made it possible to determine rates of swelling and deswelling, and to examine the characteristics of the leaching process in which constituents of low molecular weight are removed when the felt-like structure is swollen.

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STOLOW, N. Action of Solvents on Dried Linseed Oil Films. Nature 179, 579–580 (1957) doi:10.1038/179579b0

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