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Langmuir. 2011 Jun 7;27(11):6565-73. doi: 10.1021/la104829x. Epub 2011 May 3.

Dynamic wetting and spreading characteristics of a liquid droplet impinging on hydrophobic textured surfaces.

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School of Mechanical Engineering, Chung-Ang University, 221 Heuksuk-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 156-756, Korea.


We report on the wetting dynamics of a 4.3 μL deionized (DI) water droplet impinging on microtextured aluminum (Al 6061) surfaces, including microhole arrays (hole diameter 125 μm and hole depth 125 μm) fabricated using a conventional microcomputer numerically controlled (μ-CNC) milling machine. This study examines the influence of the texture area fraction ϕ(s) and drop impact velocity on the spreading characteristics from the measurement of the apparent equilibrium contact angle, dynamic contact angle, and maximum spreading diameter. We found that for textured surfaces the measured apparent contact angle (CA) takes on values of up to 125.83°, compared to a CA of approximately 80.59° for a nontextured bare surface, and that the spreading factor decreases with the increased texture area fraction because of increased hydrophobicity, partial penetration of the liquid, and viscous dissipation. In particular, on the basis of the model of Ukiwe and Kwok (Ukiwe, C.; Kwok, D. Y. Langmuir 2005, 21, 666), we suggest a modified equation for predicting the maximum spreading factor by considering various texturing effects and wetting states. Compared with predictions by using earlier published models, the present model shows better agreement with experimental measurements of the maximum spreading factor.


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