Wettability Improvement by Plasma Irradiation and Its Applications to Phase-Change Phenomena

Yasuyuki Takata, Sumitomo Hidaka, Masamichi Kohno
2009 Heat Transfer Engineering  
Plasma irradiation is one of the techniques to improve surface wettability. This technique can be used to enhance heat transfer of liquid-vapor phase change. For instance, evaporation of water droplet can be enhanced by plasma irradiation. Relation between plasma irradiation time and contact angle was examined first for three metals and then the lifetime of water drop on hot surface was measured changing the surface wettability by plasma irradiation. The lifetime of water drop decreased and the
more » ... p decreased and the wetting limit temperature increased with the increasing irradiation time of plasma. Hydrophilicity by plasma irradiation is not a permanent effect but it will be useful for enhancement of cooling of hot metal.
doi:10.1080/01457630802594820 fatcat:2yddt4ijx5aibjz4sbbzkma4ru