Title Ice accretion on superhydrophobic aluminum surfaces under low-temperature conditions
Author Wang Fochi; Li Chengrong; Lu Yuzhen; Lu Fangcheng; Du Yuefan
Author Affil Wang Fochi, North China Electric Power University, Beijing Key Laboratory of High Voltage and EMC, Beijing, China
Source Cold Regions Science and Technology, 62(1), p.29-33, . Publisher: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISSN: 0165- 232X
Publication Date Jun. 2010
Notes In English. Based on Publisher- supplied data GeoRef Acc. No: 309558
Index Terms aluminum; humidity; ice; metals; power lines; supercooling; temperature; accretion; hydrophobic materials; low temperature
Abstract An icephobic surface is always desirable for high voltage overhead transmission lines to reduce ice formation on their aluminum surface, especially in a low temperature and high humidity environment. This work studied the effects of two hydrophobic coatings when applied on aluminum surfaces under cold and raining conditions in an artificial climatic chamber. Compared with bare hydrophilic aluminum surfaces, the aluminum surfaces coated with hydrophobic room temperature vulcanized silicone rubber (RTV SR) did resist ice formation but was covered by a layer of ice after 30 min of spraying supercooled water. However, a superhydrophobic coating can largely prevent ice formation on the surface except a few ice growth spots at a working temperature of - 6C. Furthermore, such coating keeps average water contact angles larger than 150 even at a working temperature of -10C. This highly icephobic performance of the above samples is mainly attributed to the superhydrophobic property of the coating, which was obtained on micronanoscale structured aluminum surfaces after the low surface-energy stearic acid treatment.
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.coldregions.2010.02.005
Publication Type journal article
Record ID 65006549