Increased stability and size of a bubble on a superhydrophobic surface

Yeong Ling, Gabriel Lu, Tuck Ng

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Computational and theoretical models of millimeter-sized bubbles placed on upright hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces are compared with experimental data here. Although the experimental data for a hydrophobic surface corroborated the computational and theoretical data, the case of a superhydrophobic surface showed the bubbles to be able to contain significantly larger volumes than predicted. This is attributed to the greater ability of the bubble contact line to advance compared with its tendency to detach from the surface because of buoyancy. We surmise that a static model therefore describes only an unstable equilibrium for these bubbles, which unless heavily isolated from external influences are more likely to assume a larger stable size.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3233 - 3237
Number of pages5
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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