- University of Edinburgh
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Here we present a Leidenfrost rotor, where a solid component is coupled to a rotating liquid volume using surface tension and levitated in continuous operation over a turbine-inspired substrate. We address two key challenges: we show how the liquid can be replenished to achieve the continuous operation of the device; and we show how a superhydrophobic coating to the substrate can broaden the temperature range of operation and the stability of the rotor. Because the liquid acts as a working substance by extracting heat from the substrate to produce useful work in the form of rotation of the coupled solid component, our results demonstrate that a Leidenfrost engine operating in a closed thermodynamic cycle is possible.