University of Milano-Bicocca
Understanding supercooling effect on wetting and ice adhesion
Starting date: 01/07/2021
July, 2023: Luca participated in the SAE conference in Vienna, giving a talk about his work done with Giulia during his secondment.
June, 2023: Luca is first author of the recently published paper: “Capillary-Driven Water Transport by Contrast Wettability-Based Durable Surfaces“, together with Theodoros, ESR13.
May, 2023: Luca is the character of the month in the SURFICE comic series N°1.
May, 2023: SURFICE Comic series #2 about Luca, the person in charge to help the team to compare ice measurement whitin the network, is released.
April, 2022:Luca participated in April/2022 of Bicocca Research Magazine‘s edition of University of Milano Bicoccab-Check out the page N°24
|“I did my BSc in mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich. After that, I did a 9-month industrial internship in technical project management to gain industrial work experience and develop a goal-oriented work attitude. After this experience, I returned to ETH to pursue my master’s degree under the tutorship of the laboratory of thermodynamics in emerging technologies (called LTNT), which meant that I specialized in renewable energy systems and thermodynamics of Micro- and Nanoscale Technologies. In that time, I was able to gain practical experience in the lab and investigate dropwise condensation on microtextured copper surfaces. My master thesis was called “Computational Analysis of Water Condensation on Superhydrophobic Surfaces” and had the goal to numerically investigate phase change mechanisms and create a model that was able to realistically simulate the volume growth of droplets during condensation. With this experience, I applied to the SURFICE project, and I hope to be able to transfer and expand my knowledge to anti-icing surfaces. “|
Goals in the project:
- Design and setup the test rig for combined wetting and ice adhesion tests.
- Evaluate the supercooling effect on surface wetting parameters.
- Evaluate the supercooling effect on ice adhesion on a variety of icephobic of single drops.
- Validate cross-correlations with outputs from: (i) MD simulations, performed at KU Leuven, in the group of prof. David Seveno; and (ii) other ice adhesion tests performed at TU Darmstadt (prof. Ilia Roisman) and in an icing wind tunnel facility (possibly at Airbus).
- Complete validation of physical models as input for numerical simulations.