WIAS Preprint No. 1886, (2013)

Influence of slip on the Rayleigh--Plateau rim instability in dewetting viscous films


  • Bäumchen, Oliver
  • Marquant, Ludovic
  • Blossey, Ralf
  • Münch, Andreas
  • Wagner, Barbara
    ORCID: 0000-0001-8306-3645
  • Jacobs, Karin

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 76A20 76E17 76-05

2008 Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme

  • 83.50.Lh


  • thin-film equations, interfacial slip, dewetting liquid polymer, contact-line instability




A dewetting viscous film develops a characteristic fluid rim at its receding edge due to mass conservation. In the course of the dewetting process the rim becomes unstable via an instability of Rayleigh-Plateau type. An important difference exists between this classic instability of a liquid column and the rim instability in the thin film as the growth of the rim is continuously fueled by the receding film. We explain how the development and macroscopic morphology of the rim instability are controlled by the slip of the film on the substrate. A single thin-film model captures quantitatively the characteristics of the evolution of the rim observed in our experiments.

Appeared in

  • Physical Review Letters, 113 (2014) pp. 014501/1--014501/4.

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