Frost spreading and pattern formation on microstructured surfaces

Lukas Hauer, William S.Y. Wong, Azadeh Sharifi-Aghili, Lou Kondic, Doris Vollmer

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Frost is found in nature as a symphony of nucleation and heat and mass transport, cascading from angstroms to several meters. Here, we use laser-induced fluorescence microscopy to investigate the pattern formation of frost growth in experiments which tune the mesoscopic length scale by using microstructured pillar arrays as a frost condenser surface. By controlling the degree of surface supercooling and the amount of condensate, different modes of frost patterning are uncovered, ranging from complete surface coverage to fractal-looking and limited-coverage structures of spiky appearance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number044901
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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