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On the absence of marginal pinching in thin free films

Howell, P. D. and Stone, H. A. (2004) On the absence of marginal pinching in thin free films. European Journal of Applied Mathematics . (Submitted)



This paper concerns the drainage of a thin liquid lamella into a Plateau border.
Many models for draining soap films assume that their gas-liquid interfaces are effectively immobile. Such models predict a phenomenon known as `marginal pinching', in which the film tends to pinch in the margin between the lamella and the Plateau border. We analyse the opposite extreme, in which the gas-liquid interfaces are assumed to be stress-free. We show that no marginal pinching occurs in this case: the film always approaches a monotonic profile at large times.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:D - G > Fluid mechanics
Research Groups:Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
ID Code:124
Deposited By: Peter Howell
Deposited On:09 Sep 2004
Last Modified:29 May 2015 18:16

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