A study to compare the fouling resistance and self-cleaning properties of two patterned surfaces with an unpatterned control surface.
This project aims to study the fouling resistance and self-cleaning properties of two surfaces at in comparison to an un-patterned surface. Factors that determine the effectiveness of the individual surfaces as a fouling resistant and self-cleaning materials will be studied and analysed closely to identify the surface with the best properties.
This project requires the student to apply both numerical and experimental methods to complete the project. Both experimental and numerical methods will apply only static flow conditions to ascertain the fouling resistance and self-cleaning properties of all patterned and un-patterned surfaces.
The experimental method will require the application of knowledge in 3D modelling and 3D printing to design and develop/fabricate the surfaces. The fabricated patterns will be tested in
static flow conditions to determine the best performing surface and the same will be done for the
numerical method by emulating experimental conditions with Computational Fluid Dynamics