Capillary phenomena

Gerardo Callegari, Adriana Calvo

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Interfacial and capillary phenomena are present in multiple biological processes. Some examples are duck's feathers impermeability, spiders’ sticky traps, and Lotus leaf's effect. The last subject is considered in a separate chapter due to its important technological applications. The basis to understand all those processes is the focus of the present chapter, divided into three subsections. The first one addresses the fundamentals of interfacial tension and wetting conditions as thermodynamical concepts. In the second, capillarity effects under dynamical conditions are considered. The third section is devoted to liquid films, their stability, and the spontaneous retraction in simple geometries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFunctional Properties of Bio-Inspired Surfaces
Subtitle of host publicationCharacterization and Technological Applications
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages52
ISBN (Electronic)9789812837028
ISBN (Print)9812837019, 9789812837011
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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