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DY: Fachverband Dynamik und Statistische Physik

DY 41: Droplets and Wetting (joint session DY/CPP)

DY 41.4: Vortrag

Mittwoch, 18. März 2020, 15:45–16:00, ZEU 147

Simulating the hydrodynamics of droplets on photo-switchable substrates — •Josua Grawitter and Holger Stark — Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Hardenbergstr. 36, 10623 Berlin, Germany

Interfaces between fluids and photo-switchable substrates provide a unique mechanism to precisely manipulate liquid droplets by creating and adapting a heterogeneous wettability landscape. Because droplets respond to changes in wettability, such interfaces provide a means to keep the droplets in non-equilibrium and thereby induce new states of dynamic wetting.

We present a boundary element method to determine the Stokes flow inside a droplet with its curved free surface and its flat interface at the substrate, where we apply the Navier boundary condition to permit motion of the contact line. In our approach we use the Cox-Voinov law [1] and introduce the velocity of the contact-line as a side condition. We also implement an iterative domain-splitting integration scheme capable of treating singular integrands, which are typical for the boundary element method. Using the implemented method, we study how droplets respond to specific spatiotemporal wettability patterns that either move or deform the droplet. Here, we present first studies of the spatio-temporal deformation dynamics induced by oscillating wettability along the contact line and of directed motion initiated by traveling wettability patterns. We specifically investigate how to design the patterns in order to maximize droplet speed.
[1] O. V. Voinov, Fluid Dyn. 11, 714 (1976).

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