Journal article

Turbulent channel flow over riblets with superhydrophobic coating

Wagih Abu Rowin, Jianfeng Hou, Sina Ghaemi

EXPERIMENTAL THERMAL AND FLUID SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

The performance of riblet surfaces after applying a superhydrophobic coating (SHC) is evaluated by planar particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurement at riblet tip spacing of s+ = 8.6, 17.3, and 34.6 (normalized using wall unit). The three riblet sizes correspond to an undersized (small drag reduction), an optimum (maximum drag reduction), and an oversized (drag increase) riblet, respectively. All the experiments are carried out in a turbulent water channel flow at constant ReH = 4360 (based on channel height H and average velocity). The superhydrophobic layer is formed by spray coating of micro/nano particles with a thickness of ∼1λ (wall unit). The results show smaller mean velocity over ..

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Grants

Awarded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


Funding Acknowledgements

This work has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC RGPIN 1512 GHAEMI and STPGP 478987 SHANKAR).