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International Heat Transfer Conference 15

ISSN: 2377-424X (online)
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Controlling Hydrodynamics, Heat Transfer and Phase Change in Thin Liquid Films and Drops

Tatiana Gambaryan-Roisman
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute for Technical Thermodynamics, Darmstadt, Germany, 64287

DOI: 10.1615/
pages 1-20


Many technological applications in energy and process industry rely on transport processes and phase change in liquid films and drops. These processes also play an important role in fabrication of patterns on substrates, for example, by inkjet printing or dip coating. Controlling hydrodynamics and transport processes in liquid films and drops is an important challenge in the variety of applications. Most of the efforts towards the achievement of this goal have been focused on modification of substrates in contact with films and drops, primarily through using structured wall surfaces. In the present paper an overview of the phenomena triggered by surface structuring and by alternative methods of influencing films and drops is given. In particular, hydrodynamics and heat transfer of films over substrates with spatially varying thermal properties are considered.

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