Thermocapillary control of rupture in thin viscous fluid sheets

B. S. Tilley*, M. Bowen

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We consider the evolution of a thin viscous fluid sheet subject to thermocapillary effects. Using a lubrication approximation we find, for symmetric interfacial deflections, coupled evolution equations for the interfacial profile, the streamwise component of the fluid velocity and the temperature variation along the surface. Initial temperature profiles change the initial flow field through Marangoni-induced shear stresses. These changes then lead to preferred conditions for rupture prescribed by the initial temperature distribution. We show that the time to rupture may be minimized by varying the phase difference between the initial velocity profile and the initial temperature profile. For sufficiently large temperature differences, the phase difference between the initial velocity and temperature profiles determines the rupture location.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-408
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Oct 25
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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