Contact angle measurement for LiBr aqueous solutions on different surface materials used in absorption systems
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Author/sMartinez-Urrutia, Asier; Fernández de Arroiabe, Peru; Ramirez, Miguel; Martinez-Agirre, Manex; Mounir Bou-Ali, M.
Wetting surface is a very important issue for the design of absorption applications and heat exchangers. The contact angle is deemed essential in wettability studies; However, LiBr aqueous solution contact angle studies are limited. This work analyses the contact angle of LiBr aqueous solution in the range of 0–55% mass fraction on different material surfaces: copper, aluminum, stainless-steel and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) under atmospheric conditions. A sessile drop technique was used for measuring the contact angles, and a linear relation between solution surface tension and contact angle is observed in the tested materials. The study of three metals show hydrophilic performance (θ < 90°), whereas the PTFE shows hydrophobic performance. Additionally, the effect of the selection of the material, and consequent effect on the contact angle, on the minimum wetting rate and film thicknesses is presented under the working conditions of the absorption technologies. From the wettability ...