News tagged with solid surfaces

New surface treatment stops scale buildup

Scale, as these deposits are known, causes inefficiencies, downtime, and maintenance issues. In the oil and gas industry, scale has sometimes led to the complete shutdown, at least temporarily, of operating wells. So addressing ...

dateJan 22, 2014 in Materials Science
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Stain-free, self-cleaning clothing on the horizon

( —Since 2011, the Harvard research team that created Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces has demonstrated a spate of sleek applications for the super-slick coating known as SLIPS, which repels nearly any substance ...

dateJan 14, 2014 in Nanomaterials
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When liquids behave like solids

( —When a rubber ball and a droplet of water are compressed onto a solid surface, they behave very differently. For the ball, the compression process is reversible, so the ball retains its original form when decompressed. ...

dateDec 10, 2013 in Condensed Matter feature
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Rethinking surface tension

( —If you've ever watched a drop of water form into a bead or a water strider scoot across a pond, you are familiar with a property of liquids called surface tension.

dateAug 30, 2013 in General Physics
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The zero gravity coffee cup

High above our planet in the realm of satellites and space stations, the familiar rules of Earth do not apply. The midday sky is as black as night. There is no up and no down. Dropped objects do not fall, and hot air does ...

dateJul 15, 2013 in Space Exploration
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