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Atomization and Sprays

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Atomization and Sprays

DOI: 10.1615/AtomizSpr.v11.i2.40
12 pages


Romain Rioboo
University of Mons, Faculty of Sciences, Place du Parc, Mons, 7000 Hainaut; Universite de Mons−UMONS, Laboratoire de Physique des Surfaces et des Interfaces, Avenue Maistriau, 19, 7000 Mons, Belgium; Centre de Recherches en Physique des Materiaux
Cameron Tropea
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics, Center of Smart Interfaces, International Research Training Group Darmstadt-Tokyo on Mathematical Fluid Dynamics, Germany
Marco Marengo
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics Cockcroft Bldg, C221, Lewes Rd University of Brighton, Brighton BN2 4GJ, UK; Department of Engineering, University of Bergamo, Viale Marconi 5, 24044 Dalmine (BG), Italy


A qualitative analysis of the various outcomes of a drop impact on solid surfaces with different roughness and wettability is carried out. Water, ethanol, different mixtures of glycerin and water, liquid alloys, and silicone oil were used to provide a wide range of material properties such as surface tension, viscosity, and density. The impact velocity was varied by moving the drop generator vertically with respect to tie plate. Also two drop diameter classes were considered. A variation of roughness amplitude and wavelength was achieved using a laser ablation process on polyvinyl chloride and glass substrates, creating a deterministic microstructure. A highly nonwettable rough surface was prepared with alkylketene dimer (AKD) [1]. A first classification of the different outcomes, in terms of splash, rebound, partial rebound, deposition, and other features, is presented.