Surfactant spreading on spatially confined thin liquid films

M. Hanyak, D.K.N. Sinz, A.A. Darhuber

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    We studied the spreading of soluble surfactants on spatially confined thin liquid films by means of comprehensive experiments and numerical simulations. We determined the time evolution of the liquid film thickness both from interference microscopy measurements and finite element calculations. A characteristic rim develops ahead of the spreading surfactant front. Within certain time intervals, the rim position can be well represented by a power-law relation xrim ta. The corresponding spreading exponent a depends on the method of surfactant deposition and the numerical values deduced from experiments and simulations quantitatively agree. Depth-resolved simulations that account for domain deformability using the Arbitrary Lagrangian–Eulerian method show that shear-induced concentration non-uniformities across the rim film thickness tend to reduce the rim height. Fingering instabilities that are frequently observed in experiments were qualitatively reproduced in the simulations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Eventconference; Burgersdag 2012 -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …


    Conferenceconference; Burgersdag 2012
    Period1/01/12 → …
    OtherBurgersdag 2012

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    Poster presented at the Burgersdag 2012


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