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Rigorous coherent-structure theory for falling liquid films: viscous dispersion effects on bound-state formation and self-organization

Pradas, Marc; Tseluiko, Dmitri and Kalliadasis, Serafim (2011). Rigorous coherent-structure theory for falling liquid films: viscous dispersion effects on bound-state formation and self-organization. Physics of Fluids, 23(4), article no. 044104.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3572061
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Abstract

We examine the interaction of two-dimensional solitary pulses on falling liquid films. We make use of the second-order model derived by Ruyer-Quil and Manneville [Eur. Phys. J. B6, 277 (1998); Eur. Phys. J. B15, 357 (2000); Phys. Fluids14, 170 (2002)] by combining the long-wave approximation with a weighted residual technique. The model includes (second-order) viscous dispersion effects which originate from the streamwise momentum equation and tangential stress balance. These effects play a dispersive role that primarily influences the shape of the capillary ripples in front of the solitary pulses. We show that different physical parameters, such as surface tension and viscosity, play a crucial role in the interaction between solitary pulses giving rise eventually to the formation of bound states consisting of two or more pulses separated by well-defined distances and traveling at the same velocity. By developing a rigorous coherent-structure theory, we are able to theoretically predict the pulse-separation distances for which bound states are formed. Viscous dispersion affects the distances at which bound states are observed. We show that the theory is in very good agreement with computations of the second-order model. We also demonstrate that the presence of bound states allows the film free surface to reach a self-organized state that can be statistically described in terms of a gas of solitary waves separated by a typical mean distance and characterized by a typical density.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 American Institute of Physics
ISSN: 1089-7666
Extra Information: 20 pp.
Keywords: liquid films; strains and stresses (mechanics); surface tension; viscosity; solitons; bound states (quantum mechanics); dynamics
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 41212
Depositing User: Marc Pradas
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2014 09:17
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/41212
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