On falling-film instabilities and wave breaking

S. W. Joo*, S. H. Davis, S. G. Bankoff

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Long-wave instabilities of thin viscous films flowing down inclined planes are studied. Numerical solutions of the full long-wave evolution equation show that wave profiles grow superexponentially and evolve toward breaking when the surface tension takes on realistically small values. This contrasts with the solutions of the Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation, which do not tend toward breaking. The use of the full equation thus dispenses with the need to introduce the formally small curvature terms into the Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation, as suggessted by Rosenau and Oron [Phys. Fluids A 1, 1763 ( 1989)].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-232
Number of pages2
JournalPhysics of Fluids A
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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