THERMOCAPILLARY INSTABILITIES.

Stephen H Davis*

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Abstract

An interface between two immiscible fluids possesses localized properties, the most prominent of which is the interfacial (or surface) tension sigma . This represents the magnitude of the force per unit length normal to a cut in the interface. The surface tension sigma usually depends on the scalar fields in the system (e. g. the electrical field, the temperature field), as well as on the concentration of foreign materials on the interface. In the present article author focuses on a single such field - the temperature T. Thus, he considers only thermocapillarity and poses an equation of state sigma equals sigma (T). Surface tension enters the description of the dynamics of the system through the force balance at the interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Fluid Mechanics
PublisherAnnual Reviews Inc
Pages403-435
Number of pages33
Volume19
ISBN (Print)0824307194
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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