WIAS Preprint No. 992, (2004)

Dewetting rates of thin liquid films


  • Münch, Andreas

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 76A20 76D27

2008 Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme

  • 68.15.+e 47.15.Gf 68.03.Kn 68.03.Cd


  • Lubrication approximation, slippage




We investigate the dewetting rates of thin liquid films using a lubrication model that describes the dewetting process of polymer melts on hydrophobized substrates. We study the effect of different boundary conditions at the liquid/solid interface, in particular, of the no-slip and the Navier slip boundary condition, and compare our numerical solutions for the no-slip and the slip dominated cases to available results that originate from scaling arguments, simplified flow assumptions and energy balances. We furthermore consider these issues for an extended lubrication model that includes nonlinear curvature.

Appeared in

  • J. Phys.: Condensed Matter, 17 (2005), pp. S309--S318

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