Luca Stendardo

University of Milano-Bicocca
Milan, Italy

Project title:
Understanding supercooling effect on wetting and ice adhesion

Carlo Antonini

Starting date: 01/07/2021

About him:

“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.