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Numerical Calculation Method of Apparent Contact Angles on Heterogeneous Double-Roughness Surfaces

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posted on 08.09.2017, 00:00 by Jian Dong, Yanli Jin, He Dong, Li Sun
Double-roughness surfaces can be used to mimic lotus surfaces. The apparent contact angles (ACAs) of droplets on these surfaces were first calculated by Herminghaus. Then Patankar utilized the pillar model to improve the Herminghaus approach and put forward the formulas for ACAs calculation of the homogeneous double-roughness surfaces where the dual-scale structures and the bases were the same wettable materials. In this paper, we propose a numerical calculation method of ACAs on the heterogeneous double-roughness surfaces where the dual-scale structures and the bases are made of different wettable materials. This numerical calculation method has successfully enhanced the Herminghaus approach. It is promising to become a novel design approach of heterogeneous superhydrophobic surfaces, which are frequently applied in technical fields of self-cleaning, anti-icing, antifogging, and enhancing condensation heat transfer.

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