√T, or not √T, that is the question

3 May 2016

We consider the motion of a thin liquid drop on a smooth substrate as the drop evaporates into an inert gas. Many experiments suggest that, at times close to the drop’s extinction, the drop radius scales as the square root of the time remaining until extinction. However, other experiments observe slightly different scaling laws. We use the method of matched asymptotic expansions to investigate whether this different behaviour is systematic or an artefact of experiment.

  • Junior Applied Mathematics Seminar