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Characteristics of hydrophobicity loss on silicone rubber surface during a dynamic drop test with direct current voltage application

Yuya Seo1*, Norihito Oshikawa1, Takuma Miyake1, Tatsuya Sakoda1 and Tomikazu Anjiki2

Author affiliations

1 Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Miyazaki, 1-1, Gakuen Kibana-dai Nishi, Miyazaki, 889-2192, Japan

2 Toshiba Corporation Social Infrastructure Systems Company, Toshiba Hamakawasaki Factory, 2-1, Ukishima, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, 210-0862, Japan

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Citation and License

Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:4  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-4

Published: 5 January 2012

Abstract

Dynamic drop test for studying the temporal lowering of hydrophobicity on the surface of silicone rubber with direct current voltage application was carried out. In this study, we evaluated the influence of the temporal lowering of hydrophobicity under various conductivities and dropping rates for water droplets. As a result, it was found that the dropping rate and the conductivity of water droplets greatly influenced the hydrophobicity loss time on the surface of silicone rubber.