Viscous flow at infinite marangoni number

A. Thess, D. Spirn, B. Jüttner

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Abstract

We formulate the theory of surface tension driven Stokes flow set up by an active scalar with zero diffusivity. The 3D hydrodynamic problem can be reduced to a 2D nonlinear evolution equation involving only free surface quantities. For a semi-infinite layer it can be rigorously demonstrated that the solutions to this equation blow up in finite time and develop singular forms. The new type of nonlinearity plays a universal role in the description of interfacial turbulence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4614-4617
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume75
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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