Slip behavior in liquid films on surfaces of patterned wettability : comparison between continuum and molecular dynamics simulations

N.V. Priezjev, A.A. Darhuber, S.M. Troian

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    Abstract

    We investigate the behavior of the slip length in Newtonian liquids subject to planar shear bounded by substrates with mixed boundary conditions. The upper wall, consisting of a homogenous surface of finite or vanishing slip, moves at a constant speed parallel to a lower stationary wall, whose surface is patterned with an array of stripes representing alternating regions of no shear and finite or no slip. Velocity fields and effective slip lengths are computed both from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and solution of the Stokes equation for flow configurations either parallel or perpendicular to the stripes. Excellent agreement between the hydrodynamic and MD results is obtained when the normalized width of the slip regions, a/sigma>~O(10), where sigma is the (fluid) molecular diameter characterizing the Lennard-Jones interaction. In this regime, the effective slip length increases monotonically with a/sigma to a saturation value. For a/sigma
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number041608
    Pages (from-to)041608-1/11
    Number of pages11
    JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
    Volume71
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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