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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Transition from precursor films to Landau-Levich films in coating processes

Presenter: Mariano Galvagno (Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University)

Co-authors: Hender Lopez (Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University), Uwe Thiele (Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University)


In several types of coating processes a solid substrate is removed at a controlled velocity $U$ from a liquid bath. The shape of the liquid meniscus and the thickness of the coating layer depend on $U$. These dependencies have to be understood in detail for non-volatile liquids to control the deposition of such a liquid and to lay the basis for the control in more complicated cases (volatile pure liquid, solution with volatile solvent).

We study the case of non-volatile liquids employing a precursor film model that describes partial wettability with a Derjaguin (or disjoining) pressure. In particular, we focus on the relation of the deposition of (i) an ultrathin precursor film at small velocities and (ii) a macroscopic film of thickness $h\sim U^{3/2}$ (corresponding to the classical Landau-Levich film).

Depending on the plate inclination, four regimes are found for the change from case (i) to (ii). The different regimes and the transitions between them are analysed employing numerical continuation of steady states and saddle-node bifurcations and simulations in time. We discuss the relation of our results to results obtained with a slip model [J. Ziegler, J. H. Snoeijer and J. Eggers, \textit{J. Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics} \textbf{166}, 177 (2009)].

We acknowledge support by the EU (PITN-GA-2008-214919).