Relaxation of a dewetting contact line Part 2: Experiments

Abstract : The dynamics of receding contact lines is investigated experimentally through controlled perturbations of a meniscus in a dip coating experiment. We first characterize stationary menisci and their breakdown at the coating transition. It is then shown that the dynamics of both liquid deposition and long-wavelength perturbations adiabatically follow these stationary states. This provides a first experimental access to the entire bifurcation diagram of dynamical wetting, confirming the hydrodynamic theory developed in Part 1. In contrast to quasi-static theories based on a dynamic contact angle, we demonstrate that the transition strongly depends on the large scale flow geometry. We then establish the dispersion relation for large wavenumbers, for which we find that sigma is linear in q. The speed dependence of sigma is well described by hydrodynamic theory, in particular the absence of diverging time-scales at the critical point. Finally, we highlight some open problems related to contact angle hysteresis that lead beyond the current description.
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G. Delon, M. Fermigier, J. H. Snoeijer, B. Andreotti. Relaxation of a dewetting contact line Part 2: Experiments. 2007. ⟨hal-00163268⟩



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