Europhys. Lett.
Volume 75, Number 1, July 2006
Page(s) 105 - 111
Section Condensed matter: structural, mechanical and thermal properties
Published online 31 May 2006
Europhys. Lett., 75 (1), pp. 105-111 (2006)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10597-8

Dynamics of sliding drops on superhydrophobic surfaces

A. Dupuis1, 2 and J. M. Yeomans1

1  The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford 1 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3NP, UK
2  Institute of Computational Science, ETH Zurich - 8092 Zurich, Switzerland

received 22 December 2005; accepted in final form 8 may 2006
published online 31 May 2006

We use a free energy lattice Boltzmann approach to investigate numerically the dynamics of drops moving across superhydrophobic surfaces. The surfaces comprise a regular array of posts small compared to the drop size. For drops suspended on the posts the velocity increases as the number of posts decreases. We show that this is because the velocity is primarily determined by the contact angle which, in turn, depends on the area covered by posts. Collapsed drops, which fill the interstices between the posts, behave in a very different way. The posts now impede the drop behaviour and the velocity falls as their density increases.

68.08.Bc - Wetting.
47.61.-k - Micro- and nano- scale flow phenomena.
47.55.D- - Drops and bubbles.

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