Fingering instability of a gravitationally driven contact line

Jerrett, John Mark (1992) Fingering instability of a gravitationally driven contact line. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Presented here are the results of an experimental study of the flow of a viscous fluid sheet down a dry inclined plane. The three-phase contact line at the front of the flow is initially straight but becomes unstable to a roughly periodic variation in its downslope position when the sheet becomes thin enough. From measurements of the contact line position as a function of time for angles α in the range 0° < α < 55°, the flow is analyzed both before and after the instability occurs, and the development of the finger pattern is parameterized. These results are compared with those found in previous experiments and those predicted by theory.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5776
Item ID: 5776
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 86-87.
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Physics and Physical Oceanography
Date: 1992
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Liquid films; Wetting; Fluid dynamics

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