Droplet sliding: the numerical observation of multiple contact angle hysteresis

Yuxiang Wang, Jiayi Zhao, Dingni Zhang, Meipeng Jian, Huiyuan Liu, Xiwang Zhang

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Droplets sliding on surfaces always exhibit an advancing and a receding contact angle. When exerting different driving forces on the droplet to force it to slide at different velocities, the droplet would alter its shape to adapt to the new motion. Hence, different advancing/receding contact angles are likely to be observed, leading to the multiple contact angle hysteresis on a given surface. To verify this hypothesis, many-body dissipative particle dynamics is employed to perform the sliding simulation on both chemically homogeneous and heterogeneous surfaces. By ensuring the droplet sliding in uniform motions under different driving forces, the advancing/receding contact angles are recorded for analysis. Simulation results show that, for homogeneous surfaces, a larger driving force can result in both larger advancing contact angle and smaller receding contact angle, while for heterogeneous surfaces, increasing the driving force only results in smaller receding contact angles. For both cases, multiple contact angle hysteresis can be observed. These observations are contrary to the currently prevailing opinion, which believes that the contact angle hysteresis should be unique on given surfaces. Our findings would advance the understanding of wetting phenomena and possibly inspire new guidance for the design of functional interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9970-9978
Number of pages9
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2019

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