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Exciting MIT droplet breakthrough could turbocharge power plants, airships and more
theregister.co.uk ^ | 3rd October 2013 | Lewis Page,

Posted on 10/03/2013 8:11:48 AM PDT by BenLurkin

What the MIT boffins have found is a way of getting water droplets to jump off the cold pipes in the condenser and fall into the sump more quickly than they otherwise would, clearing room for new droplets to form. The condenser thus does its job of turning steam to water more efficiently.

The method relies on the discovery that droplets forming on a certain type of advanced superhydrophobic coating can leave the surface with an electric charge. If a suitably charged plate is nearby, this will draw the droplets away from the coated tube - preventing them from falling back on as they often would.

Overall, the condenser becomes more efficient.

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There could be other benefits, too: the US military's efforts to make drinking water out of diesel exhaust might prosper, for instance.

(Excerpt) Read more at theregister.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: energy; thermal

1 posted on 10/03/2013 8:11:48 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: neverdem; cogitator; BenLurkin

Hmmmn.

Might improve efficiency => A good thing.


2 posted on 10/03/2013 8:13:55 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: BenLurkin

I am thinking that this could go a long way to creating atmospheric condensers / dew collectors that would provide clean water in semi-arid locations. Solar panel, Nickel Iron battery, and collector as described could pull liters of drinkable water out of the air.


3 posted on 10/03/2013 8:20:43 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: BenLurkin

I’m going to coat my lawn with it so I can walk across it on dewy mornings without getting my shoes wet.


4 posted on 10/03/2013 8:35:41 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: BenLurkin
The method relies on the discovery that droplets forming on a certain type of advanced superhydrophobic coating can leave the surface with an electric charge.

It's called NeverWet by Rust-Oleum and is sold at Home Depot.


5 posted on 10/03/2013 8:46:42 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: BenLurkin

But but but I thought science was dead in the US because the fedgov sh down...

(There was an article to that effect yesterday.)


6 posted on 10/03/2013 9:18:34 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: piytar

“...said Joanne Carney, director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Office of Government Relations.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3074065/posts


7 posted on 10/03/2013 11:29:14 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: reed13

bfl


8 posted on 10/03/2013 12:41:17 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks BenLurkin.
...getting water droplets to jump off the cold pipes in the condenser and fall into the sump more quickly than they otherwise would, clearing room for new droplets to form. The condenser thus does its job of turning steam to water more efficiently.
Cool, now head to Tashi station for some power converters.


9 posted on 10/03/2013 6:26:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: BenLurkin

might be good too for water desalination plants.


10 posted on 10/04/2013 8:03:03 AM PDT by ckilmer
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