Dynamics of spreading on ultra-hydrophobic surfaces

A. Mohammad Karim, H. P. Kavehpour

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Despite the extensive variety of applications for ultra-hydrophobic surfaces in industry, technology, and biology, due to their wetting characteristics, there has not been considerable attention in the area of dynamics of wetting on ultra-hydrophobic surfaces. In this research, the experimental investigations have been done by applying forced spreading of several polyethylene-glycol/water mixtures in different weight ratios on Teflon plates and ultra-hydrophobic sprayed glass substrates. Hydrodynamics theory and molecular-kinetic theory have been applied to investigate the dynamics of wetting on these substrates. It has been found that the dynamics of receding motion of liquid contact line on ultra-hydrophobic surfaces could be described perfectly with the molecular-kinetic theory. In the case of advancing motion on an ultra-hydrophobic surface, dynamic contact angle is independent of liquid contact line velocity. The advancing and receding motions of liquid contact line on smooth Teflon plates followed molecular-kinetic theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)959-964
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Coatings Technology and Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 28 2015

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  • Dynamic contact angle
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Molecular-kinetic theory
  • Ultra-hydrophobic surface
  • Wetting dynamics


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