Static wettability of differently mechanically treated and amphiphobic-coated aluminium surfaces

Fedorova N, Ottinger B, Jovicic V, Zbogar-Rasic A, Delgado A, Virtanen S (2020)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2020


Book Volume: 13

Article Number: 2240

Journal Issue: 10

DOI: 10.3390/ma13102240


Wettability, roughness and surface treatmentmethods are essential for themajority of practical applications, where liquid-solid surface interactions take place. The present study experimentally investigated the influence of different mechanical surface treatment methods on the static wettability of uncoated and amphiphobic-coated aluminium alloy (AlMg3) samples, specially focusing on the interaction between surface finishing and coating. Five different surfaces were prepared: as-received substrate, polished, sandpapered, fleece-abraded and sandblasted. After characterisation, the samples were spray-coated using an amphiphobic coating. The characterisation of the uncoated and coated samples involved measurements of the roughness parameters and the apparent contact angles of demineralized water and rapeseed oil. The coating was initially characterised regarding its adhesion to the sample and elevated temperature stability. The applied surface treatments resulted in the scattered sample roughness in the range of Sa = 0.3-15.8 μm, water contact angles of θap,w = 78°-106° and extremely low oil contact angles. Coating the samples more than doubled the surface roughness to Sa = 13.3-29 μm, whereas the initial surface treatment properties (structure, anisotropy, etc.) were entirely repressed by the coating properties. Coating led the water contact angles to increase to θap,w_coated = 162°-173° and even more pronounced oil contact angles to increase to θap,o_coated = 139°-150°, classifying the surfaces as superhydrophobic and oleophobic.

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Fedorova, N., Ottinger, B., Jovicic, V., Zbogar-Rasic, A., Delgado, A., & Virtanen, S. (2020). Static wettability of differently mechanically treated and amphiphobic-coated aluminium surfaces. Materials, 13(10).


Fedorova, Nataliia, et al. "Static wettability of differently mechanically treated and amphiphobic-coated aluminium surfaces." Materials 13.10 (2020).

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