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Room temperature water Leidenfrost droplets

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We experimentally investigate the Leidenfrost effect at pressures ranging from 1 to 0.05 atmospheric pressure. As a direct consequence of the Clausius–Clapeyron phase diagram of water, the droplet temperature can be at ambient temperature in a non-sophisticated lab environment. Furthermore, the lifetime of the Leidenfrost droplet is significantly increased in this low pressure environment. The temperature and pressure dependence of the evaporation rate is successfully tested against a recently proposed model. These results may pave the way for reaching efficient Leidenfrost micro-fluidic and milli-fluidic applications.

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The article was received on 10 Jun 2013, accepted on 30 Jul 2013 and first published on 09 Aug 2013

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM51608C
Soft Matter, 2013,9, 9535-9538

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    Room temperature water Leidenfrost droplets

    F. Celestini, T. Frisch and Y. Pomeau, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 9535
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SM51608C

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