Models for dynamics of the human tear film

11 March 2010
Richard Braun (University of Delaware)
We study dynamics from models for the human tear film in one and two dimensional domains. The tear film is roughly a few microns thick over a domain on a centimeter scale; this separation of scales makes lubrication models desirable. Results on one-dimensional blinking domains are presented for multiple blink cycles. Results on two-dimensional stationary domains are presented for different boundary conditions. In all cases, the results are sensitive to the boundary conditions; this is intuitively satisfying since the tear film seems to be controlled primarily from the boundary and its motion. Quantitative comparison with in vivo measurement will be given in some cases. Some discussion of tear film properties will also be given, and results for non-Newtonian models will be given as available, as well as some future directions.
  • Differential Equations and Applications Seminar