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Research update: Electric fields can push droplets from surfaces

December 20, 2013

New method developed at MIT could lead to near-doubling of heat-transfer efficiency from power-plant condensers.


An open structure of copper wire surrounding a pipe was used in the lab to measure how effective an electric field can be in pulling droplets away from a condenser surface. In combination with a particular kind of superhydrophobic surface, the new system can nearly double the efficiency of the cooling process, the researchers found. Image courtesy of the researchers.

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