Fingers and Fractures: Instabilities in Viscoplastic Fluid Films

3 December 2021
Thomasina Ball

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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