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On the wetting dynamics in a Couette flow

  • Peng Gao (a1) and Xi-Yun Lu (a1)


The dynamics of moving contact lines in a two-phase Couette flow is investigated by using a matched asymptotic procedure. The walls are assumed to be partially wetting, and the microscopic contact angle is finite but sufficiently small so that the lubrication approach can be used. Explicit formulas are derived to characterize the shear-induced interface deformation and the critical capillary number for the onset of wetting transition. It is found that the apparent contact angle vanishes for liquid–air systems and remains finite for liquid–liquid systems when the wetting transition occurs.


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  • Peng Gao (a1) and Xi-Yun Lu (a1)


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