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Stochastic Dynamics of Thin Liquid Films

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Adam M. Willis, Jonathan B. Freund

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Paper No. ICNMM2007-30106, pp. 777-781; 5 pages
  • ASME 2007 5th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • ASME 5th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Puebla, Mexico, June 18–20, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4272-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3800-5
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


It has been suggested that stochastic thermal fluctuations directly affect the dynamics and stability of thin liquid films. We investigate this by comparing atomistic simulations of spreading drops with predictions from stochastically forced lubrication equations. Initially the drops spread according to Tanner’s law, lt1/7 , but then accelerate as predicted for cases where fluctuating thermal stresses govern the process.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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