Doctoral Dissertations

Title

Spreading kinetics of constrained thin films

Keywords and Phrases

Disjoining pressure

Abstract

"The kinetics of spreading of thin liquid films on a solid substrate in the presence of constraints has been studied here. The internal constraint appears in the form of dissolved polymers which cause the solution to be non wetting or only partially wetting. The polymer is assumed to be non-adsorbing. The fluid flow is governed by the Laplace pressure and the disjoining pressure. A detailed formulation has been solved using a numerical scheme and results have been presented for two cases of thin films with and without dissolved polymers. Both these cases have further been analyzed in the presence and absence of evaporation effects. The external constraint is that of the film pinned to a slot. The results explain well experimental observations by other researchers who observed that drops of polymer solutions spread with rates similar to setting liquids and then suddenly stopped to equilibrate. It is seen that the contact line becomes pinned in the presence of evaporation effects"--Abstract, leaf iii.

Advisor(s)

Neogi, P. (Partho), 1951-

Committee Member(s)

Bekker, Miron
Isaac, Kakkattukuzhy M.
Wang, Jee C.
Henthorn, David

Department(s)

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s)

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2006

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Wetting kinetics of a thin film pinned to a slot
  • Wetting kinetics of films containing non-adsorbing polymers
  • Wetting kinetics of a thin film evaporating in air
  • Wetting by polymer solutions
  • Wagging the contact line: transverse and longitudinal waves

Pagination

viii, 67 leaves

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (leaves 65-66).

Rights

© 2006 Saritha Sathyanarayanan, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Citation

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Chemical kinetics
Thin films
Wetting

Thesis Number

T 9064

Print OCLC #

173218445

Link to Catalog Record

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http://laurel.lso.missouri.edu/record=b5962746~S5

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