Liquid spreading on superhydrophilic micropillar arrays

Title
Liquid spreading on superhydrophilic micropillar arrays
Authors
김성진문명운이광렬이대영장영수김호영
Keywords
spreading; hydrophilic; micropillar; zipping; capillary flows; microfluidics; thin films
Issue Date
2011-08
Publisher
Journal of fluid mechanics
Citation
VOL 680, 477-487
Abstract
When a drop is deposited on a superhydrophilic micropillar array, the upper part of the drop (referred to as the bulk) collapses while the bottom part penetrates into the gaps of the array, forming a fringe film. Here we quantify the early stage dynamics of this process using a combination of experiment and theory. We show that the circular front of the fringe film spreads like t 1/2, t being time, when coupled to the bulk flow. However, the film is found to advance like t 1/3 through faceted zippering in the absence of the bulk. We then show that the spreading of the bulk and the entire drop footprint follows a power law (t 1/4) that is different from Washburn’s law. This work can be a starting point to completely understand the spreading of liquids on superhydrophilic surfaces and opens questions specific to superwetting behaviour including the criteria to determine whether the fringe film will expand through lateral zipping or advance radially outwards.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/40062
ISSN
0022-1120
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