Journal of Fluid Mechanics

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Modelling film flows down a fibre

C. RUYER-QUILa1, P. TREVELEYANa2, F. GIORGIUTTI-DAUPHINÉa1, C. DUPRATa1 and S. KALLIADASISa2

a1 Laboratoire FAST – UMR CNRS 7608, Campus universitaire, 91405 Orsay, France

a2 Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK

Abstract

Consider the gravity-driven flow of a thin liquid film down a vertical fibre. A model of two coupled evolution equations for the local film thickness h and the local flow rate q is formulated within the framework of the long-wave and boundary-layer approximations. The model accounts for inertia and streamwise viscous diffusion. Evolution equations obtained by previous authors are recovered in the appropriate limit. Comparisons to experimental results show good agreement in both linear and nonlinear regimes. Viscous diffusion effects are found to have a stabilizing dispersive effect on the linear waves. Time-dependent computations of the spatial evolution of the film reveal a strong influence of streamwise viscous diffusion on the dynamics of the flow and the wave selection process.

(Received October 09 2007)

(Revised February 21 2008)

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