Shock Dynamics in Particle-Laden Thin Films
Author(s)Dupuy, B.; Bertozzi, A.L.; Hosoi, A.E.
We present theory and experiments for thin film particle-laden flow on an incline. At higher particle concentration and inclination angle, a new phenomenon is observed in which a large particle-rich ridge forms at the contact line. We derive a lubrication theory for this system which is qualitatively compared to preliminary experimental data. The ridge formation arises from the creation of two shocks due to the differential transport rates of fluid and particles. This parallels recent findings of double shocks in thermal-gravity driven flow [A. L. Bertozzi et. al., PRL, 81, 5169 (1998), J. Sur et. al., PRL 90, 126105 (2003), A. M¨unch, PRL 91, 016105 (2003)]. However, here the emergence of the shocks arises from a new mechanism involving the settling rates of the species.
PRL 94(11) March 25, 2005 117803
thin films, particle-laden flow, shocks
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