On universality of scaling law describing roughness of triple line

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Abstract.: The fine structure of the three-phase (triple) line was studied for different liquids, various topographies of micro-rough substrates and various wetting regimes. Wetting of porous and pillar-based micro-scaled polymer surfaces was investigated. The triple line was visualized with the environmental scanning electron microscope and scanning electron microscope for the “frozen” triple lines. The value of the roughness exponent for water (ice)/rough polymer systems was located within 0.55-0.63. For epoxy glue/rough polymer systems somewhat lower values of the exponent, $ 0.42 < \zeta < 0.54$, were established. The obtained values of were close for the Cassie and Wenzel wetting regimes, different liquids, and different substrates’ topographies. Thus, the above values of the exponent are to a great extent universal. The switch of the exponent, when the roughness size approaches to the correlation length of the defects, is also universal. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalEuropean Physical Journal E
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015


  • Soft Matter: Polymers and Polyelectrolytes


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