Droplet spreading: Theory and experiments

Michael J. Davis*, Stephen H. Davis

*Corresponding author for this work

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A hypothesis is presented that distinguishes the characteristics of spreading by hydrodynamic forces from those driven by molecular/kinetic effects, demarking the regimes by contact-line speeds and contact angles. Several applications of the criterion to experiments are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-635
Number of pages7
JournalComptes Rendus Physique
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • Contact lines
  • Spreading
  • Wetting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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