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Coupling Effect of Interfacial Transport on Particle-Surface Capillary Forces

[+] Author Affiliations
Bo Gao

Columbia University, New York, NY

Xiaofeng Peng

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Paper No. MNHT2008-52033, pp. 429-434; 6 pages
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Tainan, Taiwan, June 6–9, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4292-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3813-7
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


In this investigation, an interest is addressed on getting some fundamental insights on the theoretical analysis of inter-particle forces and interfacial evaporation induced by the existence of liquid at pore level. The imbalance of capillary attractive forces and great potential of heat/mass transport at interfaces are found to be most important in driving the dynamic evolution of the system. Connected by micro liquid layer lying among particle(s) and supporting plate, the particle-surface system can experience both repulsion and attraction interactions. Based on the theoretical model proposed in current investigation, the particle’s mechanical status is found to be closely dependent on particle-surface distance, contact line radius, contact properties and mean curvature of the interface. Meanwhile, geometrical information and governing equations bridge interfacial transport together with possible particle movements.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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