Dynamics of water condensation over arrays of hydrophilic patches
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- Seco-Gudiña, R., Guadarrama-Cetina, J. & González-Viñas, W. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2017) 226: 1189. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2016-60132-3
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We report experimental results of drop-wise condensation on a wettability patterned substrate. It consists of a 2-d array of hydrophilic patches/spots on a macroscopically hydrophobic surface. We show that in this kind of system, there is not a relevant humidity sink, but the scale and the closeness of the different patches/spots affect the mechanisms which are important during the experiment. These results may provide clues to obtain higher dew yields in arid or semi-arid regions as a way to obtain potable water.