Travelling-wave similarity solutions for a steadily translating slender dry patch in a thin fluid film

Y. M. Yatim, B. R. Duffy, S. K. Wilson

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A novel family of three-dimensional travelling-wave similarity solutions describing a steadily translating slender dry patch in an infinitely wide thin fluid film on an inclined planar substrate when surface-tension effects are negligible is obtained, the flow being driven by gravity and/or a prescribed constant shear stress on the free surface of the film. For both driving mechanisms, the dry patch has a parabolic shape (which may be concave up or concave down the substrate), and the film thickness increases monotonically away from the contact lines to its uniform far-field value. The two most practically important cases of purely gravity-driven flow and of purely surface-shear-stress-driven flow are analysed separately. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)052103
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 21 2013
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUK-C1-013-04
Acknowledgements: The first author (Y.M.Y.) wishes to thank the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia for financial support via an Academic Staff Training Fellowship. Part of this work was undertaken while the third author (S. K. W.) was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, USA, and part of it was undertaken while he was a Visiting Fellow in the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics (OCCAM), University of Oxford, Mathematical Institute, 24-29 St. Giles', Oxford OX1 3LB. This paper was based on work supported in part by Award No. KUK-C1-013-04, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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