Capillary surfaces with different contact angles in a corner

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Abstract

Capillary surfaces are of great interest to mathematicians, scientists, and engineers. In particular, the behavior of liquids in microgravity is still not completely understood. While mathematical analysis is still lacking in more complex cases and experiments in microgravity are expensive, computations may be carried out in many cases and give hints or confirm conjectures for both analysis and practice. In this paper we describe a numerical method to determine the shape of capillary surfaces and analyse the stability of capillary surfaces. In general, and because of its practical interest, we consider the case of two different contact angles in a wedge in a corner. Qualitative and quantitative results are presented in a contact angle range for which mathematical analysis at present is incomplete. It is our hope that these results will contribute further to the understanding of these complex phenomena and be useful for both analysts and scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-27
Number of pages6
JournalMicrogravity Science and Technology
Volume9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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