The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 226, Issue 6, pp 1189–1198 | Cite as

Dynamics of water condensation over arrays of hydrophilic patches

  • R. Seco-Gudiña
  • J. Guadarrama-Cetina
  • W. González-Viñas
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. IMA8 - Interfacial Fluid Dynamics and Processes

Abstract

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad de Navarra, Facultad de CienciasPamplonaSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Alta Investigación, Universidad de TarapacáAricaChile
  3. 3.Universidad de Navarra, Complex Systems GroupPamplonaSpain
  4. 4.Universidad de Navarra, PHYSMED GroupPamplonaSpain

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