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Title Establishment of microstructured surfaces for achieving lotus effect
Author Almazán, Pablo Botija
Institution Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Thesis level Master's thesis
Year 2005
Abstract The leaves of some natural plants show a microstructure that gives them the capacity of being cleaned from any undesired particles on them by rainfall. This project provides a thorough description of the physical laws that lay behind this phenomenon, known as lotus effect. The different existing theories regarding the controversial scientific field of water-repellency are analyzed and compared. The problem of adapting this behavior to artificially roughened surfaces is addressed by providing design criteria for superhydrophobic, water-repellent and self-cleaning surfaces according to the concrete performance desired for them. Furthermore, the production of microstructured surfaces following two different manufacturing techniques is reported.
Pages 139
Keywords Lotus Effect; superhydrophobic surfaces; Design; micromanufacturing
Admin Creation date: 2006-06-22    Update date: 2008-01-11    Source: dtu    ID: 187686    Original MXD