Onset of menisci

25 February 2014
Doireann O'Kiely
A solid object placed at a liquid-gas interface causes the formation of a meniscus around it. In the case of a vertical circular cylinder, the final state of the static meniscus is well understood, from both experimental and theoretical viewpoints. Experimental investigations suggest the presence of two different power laws in the growth of the meniscus. In this talk I will introduce a theoretical model for the dynamics and show that the early-time growth of the meniscus is self-similar, in agreement with one of the experimental predictions. I will also discuss the use of a numerical solution to investigate the validity of the second power law.
  • Junior Applied Mathematics Seminar