Asymptotic analysis of the dewetting rim

Jacco H. Snoeijer, Jens Eggers

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Consider a film of viscous liquid covering a solid surface, which it does not wet. If there is an initial hole in the film, the film will retract further, forming a rim of fluid at the receding front. We calculate the shape of the rim as well as the speed of the front using lubrication theory. We employ asymptotic matching between the contact line region, the rim, and the film. Our results are consistent with simple ideas involving dynamic contact angles and permit us to calculate all free parameters of this description, previously unknown.

Original languageEnglish
Article number056314
JournalPhysical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2010


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