Tuesday, August 6, 2013

1308.0941 (Franck Celestini et al.)

Room temperature water Leidenfrost droplets    [PDF]

Franck Celestini, Thomas Frisch, Yves Pomeau
We experimentally investigate the Leidenfrost effect at pressures ranging from 1 to 0.05 atmospheric pressure. As a direct consequence of the Clausius-Clapeyron phase diagram of water, the droplet temperature can be at ambient temperature in a non-sophisticated lab environment. Furthermore, the lifetime of the Leidenfrost droplet is significantly increased in this low pressure environment. The temperature and pressure dependance of the evaporation rate are successfully tested against a recently proposed model. These results may pave a way to reach efficient Leidenfrost micro-fluidic and milli-fluidic applications.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.0941

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