Solvability condition for the moving contact line

L. M. Pismen, Jens Eggers

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

29 Citations (Scopus)


We consider the motion of a contact line between a fluid, gas, and solid, as it occurs when a drop advances over a solid surface. This motion is controlled by a microscopic length scale near the contact line, such as a slip length or the precursor thickness. The capillary profile inside the drop is linked to the contact line through an intermediate region which is characterized by an interface slope which varies logarithmically. The intermediate solution contains a single adjustable constant, which can be computed either by matching to the capillary region or to the contact line. We describe a simple method to perform the matching and to compute the required constant. This extends and/or simplifies results known previously. We apply our results to the case of a spreading drop in the presence of an interface potential and derive the equation of motion by combining the inner and outer expansions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number056304
JournalPhysical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2008


Dive into the research topics of 'Solvability condition for the moving contact line'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this