Chun-Hui He, Chao Liu, Ji-Huan He, Ali Heidari Shirazi, Hamid Mohammad-Sedighi

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Extraction of atmospheric water using a passive mechanism instead of a complex and advanced equipment has become an emerging subject. There is a clear record in MengxiBitan by Shen Kuo(1031~1095) that an ink slab has the ability to collect water from the air. Its mechanism is exactly similar to the Fangzhu [1], a recently investigated device for atmospheric water harvesting (AWH). Based on the Fangzhu device, a mathematical model for the AWH mechanism in ink slab-like materials is suggested. Using He’s frequency formulation and two-scale fractal derivatives the possible working mechanism of ink slab-like materials is investigated. The potential applications of ink slab-like structures for AWH in interior and exterior architecture are also presented and discussed. It is revealed that efficiency of the slabs highly depends on velocity and temperature of the flowing air and also its low-frequency characteristics.


Nanotechnology, Chinese Civilization, MengxiBitan, Fangzhu, Fractal Oscillator, Two-scale Fractal Derivative

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