Controlling drop bouncing using surfaces with gradient features

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  • Yahua Liu
  • Gene Whyman
  • Edward Bormashenko
  • Chonglei Hao
  • Zuankai Wang

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Original languageEnglish
Article number051604
Journal / PublicationApplied Physics Letters
Volume107
Issue number5
Online published4 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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Abstract

Drop hitting on superhydrophobic surfaces usually undergoes spreading and retraction stages before its complete rebound and there exists a minimum amount of time for the spreading and retraction processes. Impressively, it was recently shown that the so-called contact time can be significantly reduced by engineering surfaces with millimeter-scale tapered post arrays that allow the impinging drop to leave the surfaces in a pancake shape at the end of lateral spreading (pancake bouncing). Despite exciting progress, it remains elusive to rationally control the contact time and quantitatively predict the critical Weber number for the occurrence of pancake bouncing. Here, we experimentally demonstrated that the drop bouncing is intricately modulated by the surface morphology. Under the same centre-to-centre post spacing, surfaces with a larger apex angle could give rise to more robust pancake bouncing, which is characterized by significant contact time reduction, smaller critical Weber number, and wider Weber number range. We also developed simple harmonic spring models and theoretically revealed the dependence of timescales associated with the impinging drop and the critical Weber number for pancake bouncing on the surface morphology. The insights learned from this work will allow us to rationally design various surfaces for many practical applications.

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Controlling drop bouncing using surfaces with gradient features. / Liu, Yahua; Whyman, Gene; Bormashenko, Edward et al.
In: Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 107, No. 5, 051604, 08.2015.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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