Two problems involving breakup of a liquid film

Monday, November 27, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Understanding the breakup of a liquid film is complicated by the fact that there is no obvious instability driving breakup: surface tension favors a film of uniform thickness over a deformed one. Here, we identify two mechanisms driving a film toward (infinite time) pinch-off. In the first problem, we show how the rise of a bubble is arrested in a narrow tube, on account of the lubricating film pinching off. In the second problem, breakup of a free liquid film is driven by a strong temperature gradient across the pinch region. 
Jens Eggers
Bristol University
Event Location: 
Fine Hall 214