Abstract

To reveal the effect of superhydrophobic rough surface on the friction properties, molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the friction properties of Couette flow. In particular, the influence of load on the flow properties is considered in this work. Results show that there is a critical load (Pcrit), and the friction-reduction properties of superhydrophobic surfaces with stripes are only presented when the load is smaller than the Pcrit. With the decrease in the distance between stripes, the Pcrit is increased. Under a low load, the friction force is increased with increasing the distance between stripes. However, under high load condition we observe an opposite trend. The height of stripe has little impacts on the Pcrit.

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