The coating is composed of specially designed and manufactured micro-fibrillar structures.The inventors discovered that the micro-scale fibrillar coating significantly reduced flow separation by reducing the size of the separation bubble and pushing the separation point further downstream. The inventors accomplished this without increasing the turbulent kinetic energy (by-product of texturizing a surface). These results starkly oppose the notion that rough surfaces facilitate flow separation.
Primary Application Area: Energy, Efficiency, Environmental
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 6
Vetted Programs/Awards: NSF I-Corps, Texas Tech Accelerator Funds
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 311
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES