Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.586, 647-654, 2021
Dynamic contact angle measurements on lubricant infused surfaces
Hypothesis: Even though lubricant-infused surfaces (LISs) are known to affect the mobility of working fluid depending on the infused lubricant, previous studies have not yet quantified their slippery property. This study proposes the slippery nature of the LIS can be assessed by dynamic contact angles of the working fluid on the LIS and its scaling model. Experiments: We measured the apparent dynamic advancing and receding contact angles on a LIS using a modified Wilhelmy plate technique for the first time. Lubricant having different viscosities was infused into the sanded polytetrafluoroethylene surface to fabricate the LIS. The surface was immersed into or withdrawn from an aqueous glycerol-water solution by varying the capillary number and the lubricant viscosity. Findings: The dynamic contact angles on LIS was found to be sensitive to changes in both the lubricant viscosity and the capillary number. The cube of the dynamic contact angles on the LIS was proportional to theta(3)(D) similar to Ca-1, which follows a conventional hydrodynamic theory. In addition, the decreasing lubricant viscosity shifted the cube of the dynamic contact angles to high capillary numbers. Our dynamic contact angle data coincided with the prediction from a scaling law derived in this study. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.