Drop retention force as a function of resting time

Rafael Tadmor, Kumud Chaurasia, Preeti S. Yadav, Aisha Leh, Prashant Bahadur, Lan Dang, Wesley R. Hoffer

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The force, f, required to slide a drop on a surface is shown to be a growing function of the time, t, that the drop waited resting on the surface prior to the commencement of sliding. In this first report on the resting time effect, we demonstrate the existence of this phenomenon in different systems, which suggests that this phenomenon is general. We show that df/dt is never negative. The shorter the resting times, the higher df/dt is. As the resting time increases, df/df decreases toward zero (plateau) as t ∞ The increase in the force, Δf, due to the resting time effect (i.e., f(t ∞) -f(t O)) correlates well with the vertical component of the liquid-vapor surface tension, and we attribute this phenomenon to the corrugation of the surface by the drop due to this unsatisfied normal component of Young's equation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9370-9374
Number of pages5
Issue number17
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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