Nonlinear rupture of free films

Thomas Erneux*, Stephen H. Davis

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A free viscous film is subject to van der Waals attractions that lead to film rupture. Long-wave asymptotics is used to derive approximate equations that govern the unstable evolution of the film. The solution of the nonlinear evolution equation is then considered using bifurcation techniques leading to an estimate for the nonlinear rupture time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1117-1122
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics of Fluids A
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1992

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  • Engineering(all)

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