Sunday, May 19, 2013

1305.3425 (Uwe Thiele et al.)

Gradient dynamics description for films of mixtures and suspensions -
the case of dewetting triggered by coupled film height and concentration

Uwe Thiele, Desislava V. Todorova, Hender Lopez
A gradient dynamics model based on an extended interface Hamiltonian is presented that is able to describe the dynamics of structuring processes in thin films of liquid mixtures, solutions and suspensions on solid substrates including coupled dewetting and decomposition. After discussing known limiting cases the model is employed to investigate the dewetting of thin films of liquid mixtures and suspensions under the influence of effective long-range van der Waals forces that depend on solute concentration. The occurring fluxes are discussed and it is shown that spinodal dewetting may be triggered through the coupling of film height and concentration fluctuations. Fully nonlinear calculations provide the time evolution and resulting steady film height and concentration profiles.
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