The paper addresses the hydrodynamic behavior of a sphere close to a micropatterned superhydrophobic surface described in terms of alternated no-slip and perfect-slip stripes. Physically, the perfect-slip stripes model the parallel grooves where a large gas cushion forms between fluid and solid wall, giving rise to slippage at the gas-liquid interface. The potential of the boundary element method in dealing with mixed no-slip/perfect-slip boundary conditions is exploited to systematically calculate the mobility tensor for different particle-to-wall relative positions and for different particle radii. The particle hydrodynamics is characterized by a nontrivial mobility field which presents a distinct near-wall behavior where the wall patterning directly affects the particle motion. In the far field, the effects of the wall pattern can be accurately represented via an effective description in terms of a homogeneous wall with a suitably defined apparent slippage. The trajectory of the sphere under the action of an external force is also described in some detail. A "resonant" regime is found when the frequency of the transversal component of the force matches a characteristic crossing frequency imposed by the wall pattern. It is found that under resonance, the particle undergoes a mean transversal drift. Since the resonance condition depends on the particle radius, the effect can in principle be used to conceive devices for particle sorting based on superhydrophobic surfaces.

Mobility tensor of a sphere moving on a superhydrophobic wall: application to particle separation / Pimponi, Daniela; Chinappi, Mauro; Gualtieri, Paolo; Casciola, Carlo Massimo. - In: MICROFLUIDICS AND NANOFLUIDICS. - ISSN 1613-4982. - STAMPA. - 16:3(2014), pp. 571-585. [10.1007/s10404-013-1243-4]

Mobility tensor of a sphere moving on a superhydrophobic wall: application to particle separation

PIMPONI, DANIELA;CHINAPPI, MAURO;GUALTIERI, Paolo;CASCIOLA, Carlo Massimo
2014

Abstract

The paper addresses the hydrodynamic behavior of a sphere close to a micropatterned superhydrophobic surface described in terms of alternated no-slip and perfect-slip stripes. Physically, the perfect-slip stripes model the parallel grooves where a large gas cushion forms between fluid and solid wall, giving rise to slippage at the gas-liquid interface. The potential of the boundary element method in dealing with mixed no-slip/perfect-slip boundary conditions is exploited to systematically calculate the mobility tensor for different particle-to-wall relative positions and for different particle radii. The particle hydrodynamics is characterized by a nontrivial mobility field which presents a distinct near-wall behavior where the wall patterning directly affects the particle motion. In the far field, the effects of the wall pattern can be accurately represented via an effective description in terms of a homogeneous wall with a suitably defined apparent slippage. The trajectory of the sphere under the action of an external force is also described in some detail. A "resonant" regime is found when the frequency of the transversal component of the force matches a characteristic crossing frequency imposed by the wall pattern. It is found that under resonance, the particle undergoes a mean transversal drift. Since the resonance condition depends on the particle radius, the effect can in principle be used to conceive devices for particle sorting based on superhydrophobic surfaces.
boundary element method; mobility tensor; particle sorting; superhydrophobic surfaces
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Mobility tensor of a sphere moving on a superhydrophobic wall: application to particle separation / Pimponi, Daniela; Chinappi, Mauro; Gualtieri, Paolo; Casciola, Carlo Massimo. - In: MICROFLUIDICS AND NANOFLUIDICS. - ISSN 1613-4982. - STAMPA. - 16:3(2014), pp. 571-585. [10.1007/s10404-013-1243-4]
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