The study of gravity currents has long been of interest due to their prevalence in industry and in nature, one such example being the spreading of viscoplastic (yield-stress) fluid films. When a viscoplastic fluid is extruded onto a flat plate, the resulting gravity current expands axisymmetrically when the surface is dry and rough. In this talk, I will discuss two instabilities that arise when (1) the no-slip surface is replaced by a free-slip surface; and (2) the flat plate is wet by a thin coating of water.
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- Mathematical Geoscience Seminar