Patterns formed in a thin film with spatially homogeneous and non-homogeneous Derjaguin disjoining pressure

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Abstract

We consider patterns formed in a two-dimensional thin film on a planar substrate with a Derjaguin disjoining pressure and periodic wettability stripes. We rigorously clarify some of the results obtained numerically by Honisch et al. [Langmuir 31: 10618-10631, 2015] and embed them in the general theory of thin-film equations. For the case of constant wettability, we elucidate the change in the global structure of branches of steady-state solutions as the average film thickness and the surface tension are varied. Specifically we find, by using methods of local bifurcation theory and the continuation software package AUTO, both nucleation and metastable regimes. We discuss admissible forms of spatially non-homogeneous disjoining pressure, arguing for a form that differs from the one used by Honisch et al.and study the dependence of the steady-state solutions on the wettability contrast in that case.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Mathematics
Early online date23 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • thin films
  • disjoining pressure
  • non-homogenous substrates
  • pattern formation
  • 74K35
  • 35B32

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