Study of Droplet Motion across Polymeric Substrates By Centrifugal Adhesion Balance (CAB) | AIChE

Study of Droplet Motion across Polymeric Substrates By Centrifugal Adhesion Balance (CAB)


Conference Presentation

Conference Type

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety

Presentation Date

August 19, 2020


60 minutes

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On a given surface, the contour of the drop changes accordingly based on factors of the force applied, chemical structure of the fluid, drop size, and surface topography. With increasing force that is exerted on the drop, we determine the comprehensive trend for drop motion with respect to the controlled factors mentioned above. Drop motion is categorized into four phases and the point at where the initial displacement of receding line is observed is defined as the onset of motion. In this study, the onset of motion is affected by the factors mentioned above and aids in the determination for another value correlation known as Gs, known as Interfacial Modulus. The resistance to interaction towards the droplet as observed is quantified with respect to change in surface topography. This study therefore characterized drop motion and specifically onset motion based on controlled variables (factors). Work of adhesion is also quantified across different substrates to characterize the detachment of liquid from its substrate. All these parameters such as Gs, onset of motion, contact angles were analyzed with different polymeric substrates, drop sizes, and various fluids used.


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