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Dynamic capillary wetting studied with dissipative particle dynamics

: Cupelli, C.; Henrich, B.; Glatzel, T.; Zengerle, R.; Moseler, M.; Santer, M.

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New journal of physics. Online journal (2008), Nr.10, Paper 043009, 16 S.
ISSN: 1367-2630
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IWM ()

We present a study on dynamic capillary wetting in the framework of dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) based on a novel wall model for wetting on solid boundaries. We consider capillary impregnation of a slit pore in two situations: (i) forced (piston-driven) steady state flow and (ii) capillarity driven imbibition out of a finite reservoir. The dynamic contact angle behavior under condition (i) is consistent with the hydrodynamic theories of Cox under partial wetting conditions and Eggers for complete wetting. The flow field near the contact line shows a region of apparent slip flow which provides a natural way of avoiding a stress singularity at the triple line. The dynamics of the capillary imbibition, i. e. condition (ii), is consistently described by the Lucas-Washburn equation augmented by expressions that account for inertia and the influence of the dynamic contact angle.