The effect of surface pattern property on the advancing motion of three-dimensional droplets
KAUST DepartmentEarth Science and Engineering Program
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
Embargo End Date2022-07-07
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AbstractWe investigate numerically the advancing motion of 3D droplets spreading on physically flat chemically heterogeneous surfaces with periodic structures. We use the Navier-Stokes-Cahn-Hilliard equations with the generalized Navier boundary conditions to model the motion of droplets. Based on a convex splitting scheme, we have done numerical simulations and compared the results between different surface patterns quantitatively. We study the effect of pattern property on the advancing motion of three phase contact lines, the critical volume at the contact line jump and the effective advancing angles. By increasing the volume of droplet slowly on heterogeneous surfaces with different pattern property, we find that the advancing contact line approaches an equiangular octagon for the patterned surface with periodic squares separated by channels and approaches a regular hexagon for the patterned surface with periodic circles in regular hexagonal arrays. The shape of three-phase contact line is much more determined by the macro structure of the pattern than the micro structure of the pattern in each period.
CitationZhong, H., Fan, X., & Sun, S. (2021). The effect of surface pattern property on the advancing motion of three-dimensional droplets. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B, 26(10), 5551. doi:10.3934/dcdsb.2020366
SponsorsThis work was partially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (51969005,11701098) and partially supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (BAS/1/1351-01-01).