In situ observation the interface undercooling of freezing colloidal suspensions with differential visualization method

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  • Jiaxue You
  • Lilin Wang
  • Junjie Li
  • Jincheng Wang
  • Xin Lin
  • Weidong Huang


Original languageEnglish
Article number084901
Journal / PublicationReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number8
Online published10 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


Interface undercooling is one of the most significant parameters in the solidification of colloidal suspensions. However, quantitative measurement of interface undercooling of colloidal suspensions is still a challenge. Here, a new experimental facility and gauging method are designed to directly reveal the interface undercooling on both static and dynamic cases. The interface undercooling is visualized through the discrepancy of solid/liquid interface positions between the suspensions and its solvent in a thermal gradient apparatus. The resolutions of the experimental facility and gauging method are proved to be 0.01 K. The high precision of the method comes from the principle of converting temperature measurement into distance measurement in the thermal gradient platform. Moreover, both static and dynamic interface undercoolings can be quantitatively measured.