Wetting dynamics of a droplet on micro-pillar surfaces with radially varying pitch

Bhardwaj, Rajneesh and Kumar, Manish and Sahu, Kirti Chandra (2019) Wetting dynamics of a droplet on micro-pillar surfaces with radially varying pitch. In: 72nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, 23–26 November 2019, Seattle, Washington.

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We experimentally investigate the wetting dynamics of a droplet placed gently on a square-micropillar surface. These pillars are located with a radially varying pitch described by a parabolic equation. Two sets of surfaces with radially increasing and radially decreasing pitches from the center of the substrate at which the droplet is initially placed have been prepared on silicon wafer using photolithography. Due to the radial variation of the pitch, the droplet experiences a wettability gradient (either increasing or decreasing radially). We observed that on the surface with the radially increasing pitch, the droplet remains in the Cassie state and exhibits higher contact angle than the smooth surface during its spreading stage. On the other hand, in case of the surface with radially decreasing pitch, the droplet goes into the Wenzel state and assumes a lower contact angle as compared to that observed in the smooth surface. The wetted diameter of the droplet is found to be smaller in case of the radially decreasing surface than the radially increasing surface. We also studied the effect of the size of the square pillars and it is found the droplet spreads less in case of smaller size of pillars for both radially increasing and decreasing surfaces.

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Sahu, Kirti Chandrahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-7357-1141
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Chemical Engineering
Divisions: Department of Chemical Engineering
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Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 05:31
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 05:31
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/6423
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