Study of flow condensation enhancement with hydrophobic and hydrophilic patterns

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Derby, Melanie Maureen
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Jensen, M. K.
Peles, Yoav
Wen, John T.
Plawsky, Joel L., 1957-
Issue Date
2013-05
Keywords
Mechanical engineering
Degree
PhD
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Abstract
The geometry of the hydrophobic and hydrophilic patterned surfaces was determined with a simple analytical model. The surfaces were studied with one, two, three, and seven hydrophilic areas aligned in the flow direction, and were created by dip-coating surfaces with Teflon AFTM and then plasma etching. Condensation behavior on the patterned surfaces was comparable to that of the Teflon surface, within the uncertainties. The concept was that liquid film would develop on the hydrophilic areas of the patterned surfaces, but the data suggested that instead shear forces played a role sweeping the droplets. Overall, the data suggested that dropwise condensation was promoted on all Teflon coated surfaces, thus enhancing flow condensation heat transfer.
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May 2013
School of Engineering
Department
Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
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