WIAS Preprint No. 972, (2004)

Numerical investigation of the non-isothermal contact angle


  • Krahl, Rolf
  • Bänsch, Eberhard

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 76T10 76D45 80A20


  • two phase flow, free capillary surface, thermocapillarity, contact angle, Marangoni effect


The influence of thermocapillary stress on the shape of the gas-liquid phase boundary is investigated numerically. We consider the case of a cold liquid meniscus at a heated solid wall in the absence of gravity. An äpparent contact angle" is defined geometrically and the deviation of this apparent contact angle from the prescribed static contact angle due to thermocapillary convection is studied.

Appeared in

  • Microgravity - Science and Technology, 17(3), S. 39-44, 2005. Under new title: Impact of Marangoni effects on the apparent contact angle - a numerical investigation.

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