Sessile droplet freezing and ice adhesion on aluminum with different surface wettability and surface temperature

  • JunFei OuEmail author
  • QingWen Shi
  • ZhiLe Wang
  • FaJun Wang
  • MingShan Xue
  • Wen LiEmail author
  • GuiLong Yan


This paper focused on the sessile droplet freezing and ice adhesion on aluminum with different wettability (hydrophilic, common hydrophobic, and superhydrophobic surfaces, coded as HIS, CHS, SHS, respectively) over a surface temperature range of −9°C to −19°C. It was found that SHS could retard the sessile droplet freezing and lower the ice adhesion probably due to the interfacial air pockets (IAPs) on water/SHS interface. However, as surface temperature decreasing, some IAPs were squeezed out and such freezing retarding and adhesion lowering effect for SHS was reduced greatly. For a surface temperature of −19°C, ice adhesion on SHS was even greater than that on CHS. To discover the reason for the squeezing out of IAPs, forces applied to the suspended water on IAPs were analyzed and it was found that the stability of IAPs was associated with surface micro-structures and surface temperature. These findings might be helpful to designing of SHS with good anti-icing properties.


superhydrophobic anti-icing ice adhesion interfacial air pockets 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringNanchang Hangkong UniversityNanchangChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory for Microstructural Control of Metallic Materials of Jiangxi ProvinceNanchang Hangkong UniversityNanchangChina
  3. 3.Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Biomass-based Energy and Enzyme TechnologyHuaiyin Normal UniversityHuaianChina

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