Global models for moving contact lines

Javier A. Diez, L. Kondic, Andrea Bertozzi

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We consider thin film flows driven by surface tension and gravity. Within the framework of the lubrication approximation, we study the contact line motion using global models where either precursor film or sup are allowed. We show thai completely wetting films can be simulated under both conditions without requiring direct tracking of the contact line interface. We perform a comparative study of standard and positivity preserving numerical methods for these problems in one space dimension, with the ultimate goal of choosing the best method applicable to two-dimensional problems. We find a considerable cornpuiatiunal advantage of the precursor film model over the slipping models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number011208
Pages (from-to)112081-1120813
Number of pages1008733
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number1 I
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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