Apparent contact angle of drops on liquid infused surfaces: geometric interpretation

Ciro Semprebon*, Muhammad Subkhi Sadullah, Glen McHale, Halim Kusumaatmaja*

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We theoretically investigate the apparent contact angle of drops on liquid infused surfaces as a function of the relative size of the wetting ridge and the deposited drop. We provide an intuitive geometrical interpretation whereby the variation in the apparent contact angle is due to the rotation of the Neumann triangle at the lubricant-drop-gas contact line. We also derive linear and quadratic corrections to the apparent contact angle as power series expansion in terms of pressure differences between the lubricant, drop and gas phases. These expressions are much simpler and more compact compared to those previously derived by Semprebon [ , 2017, , 101-110].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9553-9559
Number of pages7
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number42
Early online date19 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2021


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