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Droplet migration: quantitative comparisons with\ud experiment

By P.H. Gaskell, Y.Y. Koh, P.K. Jimack, Y.C. Lee and H.M. Thompson

Abstract

An important practical feature of simulating droplet migration computationally,\ud using the lubrication approach coupled to a disjoining pressure term, is\ud the need to specify the thickness, H, of a thin energetically stable wetting layer,\ud or precursor lm, over the entire substrate. The necessity that H be small in\ud order to improve the accuracy of predicted droplet migration speeds, allied to the\ud need for mesh resolution of the same order as H near wetting lines, increases the\ud computational demands signicantly. To date no systematic investigation of these\ud requirements on the quantitative agreement between prediction and experimental\ud observation has been reported. Accordingly, this paper combines highly ecient\ud Multigrid methods for solving the associated lubrication equations with a parallel\ud computing framework, to explore the eect of H and mesh resolution. The solutions\ud generated are compared with recent experimentally determined migration\ud speeds for droplet \ud ows down an inclined plane

Publisher: Springer
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:4975

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