Non-isothermal spreading of a thin liquid film on an inclined plane

P. Gilberto López*, S. George Bankoff, Michael J. Miksis

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A thin layer of liquid advancing over a dry, heated, inclined plate is studied. A lubrication model with contact line motion is derived. The plate is at constant temperature, and the surface Biot number is specified. The steady-state solution is obtained numerically. In addition, the steady-state solution is studied analytically in the neighbourhood of the contact line. A linear stability analysis about the steady state is then performed. The effects of gravity, thermocapillarity and contact line motion are discussed. In particular, we determine a band of unstable wavenumbers, and the maximum growth rate as a function of these parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-286
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Oct 10 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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