Heat Transfer Analysis of Icing Process on Metallic Surfaces of Different Wettabilities

  • Kewei Shi
  • Xili DuanEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 75)


Superhydrophobic surfaces are promising in delaying ice formation and reducing ice accumulation, which can promote the safety and integrity of structures and human safety in harsh environments. This paper investigates heat transfer during the icing process on stainless steel surfaces of different wettabilities. The results demonstrate that a poorer wetting condition, i.e., (super)hydrophobic surfaces, or a smaller impact velocity leads to a smaller final contact area Ac between a water droplet and the cold surface. Also, the average cooling rate \( \overline{q} \) is proportional to the final contact area Ac. Therefore, surface wettability can affect the changes on final contact area of water droplet, and the average cooling rate is influenced by the final contact area. In another word, the water droplet icing process can be delayed when it impacts on hydrophobic or superhydrophobic surfaces.


Superhydrophobic surface Icing Heat transfer 



Financial support for this research from Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador (PRNL) is gratefully appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and Applied ScienceMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

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