Formation of patterns induced by thermocapillarity and gravity

A. Oron, P. Rosenau

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The authors consider a liquid film on a slightly inclined plane driven by gravity and thermocapillarity. They derive an equation describing the nonlinear evolution of the interface between the liquid and the atmosphere. In line with an approach introduced previously by them they preserve the full impact of the curvature that contributes towards the formation of bubbles and together with convection induced by the inclined plane contributes towards either wave breaking or the prevention of rupture that otherwise occurs. Travelling waves are also possible. A variety of possible equilibrium states is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131 - 46
JournalJournal de Physique II
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992


  • bubbles
  • capillarity
  • convection in liquids
  • gravity
  • interface phenomena
  • liquid films
  • liquid waves
  • surface tension
  • surface waves (fluid)


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