Dynamic changes of hydrophobic behavior during icing

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

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  • Wei Tang
  • Zhongcan Wu
  • Chao Yang
  • Suihan Cui
  • Zhengyong Ma
  • Ricky K. Y. Fu
  • Xiubo Tian
  • Zhongzhen Wu


Original languageEnglish
Article number126043
Number of pages8
Journal / PublicationSurface and Coatings Technology
Online published9 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2020


Superhydrophobic surfaces with large contact angles (CAs) and small sliding angles (SAs) are used in manyapplications such as wings of airplanes or engine front cones to reduce air crashing caused by icing. Most anti-icing studies have mainly focused on the icing behavior on surfaces with specific hydrophobic properties butthere have been fewer investigations on the dynamic change of hydrophobicity of the materials during the icingprocess. In this work, micro/nano structures are prepared on stainless steel by laser etching and modified with afluorine-doped diamond-like carbon (F-DLC) coating to produce a superhydrophobic surface. The dynamic be-havior of the wetting state and icing of water droplets on the F-DLC surface during cooling are studied. As thetemperature drops, the hydrophobicity of the surface decreases significantly before freezing and the rate ofdecrease is related to the temperature and environmental humidity. Water vapor condenses to droplets on themicro/nano structured surface consequently weakening the function of the rough structure and deteriorating thecoating hydrophobicity. The results provide a deeper understanding of the dynamic changes of super-hydrophobicity during the icing process

Research Area(s)

  • Superhydrophobicity, Icing, Fluorine-doped diamond-like carbon coating, Condensation

Citation Format(s)

Dynamic changes of hydrophobic behavior during icing. / Tang, Wei; Liu, Liangliang; Ruan, Qingdong; Wu, Zhongcan; Yang, Chao; Cui, Suihan; Ma, Zhengyong; Fu, Ricky K. Y. ; Tian, Xiubo; Chu, Paul K.; Wu, Zhongzhen.

In: Surface and Coatings Technology, Vol. 397, 126043, 15.09.2020.

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