Structure Irregularity Impedes Drop Roll-Off at Superhydrophobic Surfaces

Simon Tylsgaard Larsen, Nis Korsgaard Andersen, Emil Søgaard, Rafael J. Taboryski

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    We study water drop roll-off at superhydrophobic surfaces with different surface patterns. Superhydrophobic microcavity surfaces were fabricated in silicon and coated with 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS). For the more irregular surface patterns, the observed increase in roll-off angles is found to be caused by a decrease of the receding contact angle, which in turn is caused by an increase of the triple phase contact line of the drops for those more irregular surfaces. To understand the observation, we propose to treat the microdrops as rigid bodies and apply a torque balance between the torque exerted by the projected gravity force and the torque exerted by the adhesion force acting along the triple line on the receding side of the drop. This simple model provides a proper order of magnitude estimate of the measured effects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number17
    Pages (from-to)5041-5045
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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