Moisture content

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The amount of absorbed water present in a material. Moisture content is expressed as the weight/weight percentage (w/w%) of water in a material versus the materials' total original (non-dried) weight. The weight of the water is obtained by weighing the material as received (original weight) then subtracting the weight of the oven-dried material. The determination of the moisture content of paper is important for optimum printing operations. See also Moisture regain and equilibrium moisture .

Synonyms and Related Terms

Feuchtigkeitsgehalt (Deut.); teneur en humidité (Fr.); teor de humidade (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • ASTM, Standard Terminology Relating to Conditioning, Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 6, Paints, Related Coatings and Aromatics, ASTM, E41, 23-24, Sep-92
  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Robert Fournier, Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1992
  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988

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