Flow patterns in wavy thin films: Numerical simulation

David Moalem Maron*, Neima Brauner, Geoffrey F. Hewitt

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The characteristic behavior of the interfacial velocity along the wave has been analytically and numerically explored. The identification of specific characteristic points along the interface provides additional insight on the hydrodynamics within the wave. It is shown, for instance, that for small ripples, similar velocity profile are obtained all along the wave unit with maximum interfacial velocity at the peak of the wave. As the wave amplitude increases the peak velocity exceeds the wave velocity and a circulating region appears (in moving coordinate system) associated with stagnation points. The appearance of interfacial stagnation points depends mainly on the amplitude to substrate thickness ratio.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-666
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989


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