Gravity is commonly considered negligible when the surface tension is dominant; i.e., the Bond number is less than 1. In this paper, however, the authors present a technique in which drops slide over surfaces with zero effective gravity. Our study compared the sliding motion of water drops on hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces in scenarios: one in which effective gravity = 1 (1 g) and one in which it = 0 (0 g). The authors found that the lateral retention force was greater under 1 g than it was under 0 g. Also, the results showed that retention forces calculated by Furmidge equation are higher than the measured forces.
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