Dynamic Trapping of Sliding Drops on Wetting Defects

Andrea Cavalli (Speaker), Michiel Musterd (Contributor), Rudy Lagraauw (Contributor), Dieter 't Mannetje (Contributor), Mugele, F. (Contributor)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


We present a numerical analysis of the dynamic interaction of sliding drops on an inclined plate with wetting defects. Our three-dimensional model, developed with OpenFOAM allows us to describe intertial and viscous effects, as well as the internal degrees of freedom of the droplet. We observe that the ability of a drop to deform and stretch enhances the strenght and range fo the wetting defect, as compared to a simplified analytic description of a non-deformable drop. Yet, the key physical parameters, namely the ration between trapping strength and driving force as well as the ratio between interial and viscous time scale prevail as governing control parameters. We further investigate the role of the strength, size and steepness of the wetting defect in retaining the drop. Finally, we compare our simulations with trapping experiments on electrowetting obstactles. The quantitative agreement shows that the trapping of sliding drops follows a universal behavior, which is largely independent of the specific nature of the defect.
Period15 Mar 2015
Event titleDPG Frühjahrstagung 2015 Berlin: (DPG Spring Meeting)
Event typeConference
LocationBerlin, Germany
Degree of RecognitionInternational


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