Floating Water

by Clarissa Schönecker

PhD student

TU Darmstadt

Water and the savoy leaf dislike each other so much that the water virtually floats on a protective air layer (see reflections) in order not to touch the surface. On the air layer, it can glide very easily with hardly any resistance. I investigate how such phenomena can be understood physically and described mathematically, so that eventually, they can be technically used. A reduced resistance of a surface could save a great amount of energy, for example when pumping a liquid through a pipe.

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