Maximum speed of dewetting on a fiber

Tak Shing Chan, Thomas Gueudre, Jacobus Hendrikus Snoeijer

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A solid object can be coated by a nonwetting liquid since a receding contact line cannot exceed a critical speed. We theoretically investigate this forced wetting transition for axisymmetric menisci on fibers of varying radii. First, we use a matched asymptotic expansion and derive the maximum speed of dewetting. For all radii, we find the maximum speed occurs at vanishing apparent contact angle. To further investigate the transition, we numerically determine the bifurcation diagram for steady menisci. It is found that the meniscus profiles on thick fibers are smooth, even when there is a film deposited between the bath and the contact line, while profiles on thin fibers exhibit strong oscillations. We discuss how this could lead to different experimental scenarios of film deposition
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)112103-1-112103-9
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics of fluids
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/215723
  • IR-78763
  • METIS-280231

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