Dynamics of thin liquid films

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 12:00pm - 12:45pm
EE/CS 3-180
Rachel Levy (Harvey Mudd College)
Thin liquid films are important in applications involving lubrication
or coating, which arise in both biological and industrial contexts.
Recent experiments have uncovered new phenomena that present
challenges of modeling, analysis and simulation. These include new
wave forms, fingering instabilities, and a variety of driving and
control mechanisms. Mathematically the class of problems is
interesting because surface tension dominates inertia, leading to
fourth order nonlinear parabolic partial differential equations. This
talk will include recent developments and open problems in
theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of thin liquid films.
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