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Water-substrate physico-chemistry in wetting dynamics
KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Theoretical Physics, Theoretical & Computational Biophysics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9160-2549
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Theoretical Physics, Theoretical & Computational Biophysics. KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7498-7763
2015 (English)In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics, ISSN 0022-1120, E-ISSN 1469-7645, Vol. 781, 695-711 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

We consider the wetting of water droplets on substrates with different chemical composition and molecular spacing, but with an identical equilibrium contact angle. A combined approach of large-scale molecular dynamics simulations and a continuum phase field model allows us to identify and quantify the influence of the microscopic physics at the contact line on the macroscopic droplet dynamics. We show that the substrate physico-chemistry, in particular hydrogen bonding, can significantly alter the flow. Since the material parameters are systematically derived from the atomistic simulations, our continuum model has only one adjustable parameter, which appears as a friction factor at the contact line. The continuum model approaches the atomistic wetting rate only when we adjust this contact line friction factor. However, the flow appears to he qualitatively different when comparing the atomistic and continuum models, highlighting that non-trivial continuum effects can come into play near the interface of the wetting front.

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Cambridge University Press, 2015. Vol. 781, 695-711 p.
Keyword [en]
contact lines, micro-/nano-fluid dynamics, molecular dynamics
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-182184DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2015.517ISI: 000368737000011ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84958981400OAI: diva2:903749
Swedish eā€Science Research CenterEU, European Research Council, 258980

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Available from: 2016-02-16 Created: 2016-02-16 Last updated: 2016-02-16Bibliographically approved

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