Biofluiddynamics    Drops    Bubbles    Elastocapillarity    Nanofabrication   


Elastocapillary coalescence of plates and pillars

When a paintbrush is dipped into a bucket of paint and pulled out, surface tension forces cause the individual hairs in the brush to coalesce which simultaneously becomes impregnated with paint. We study such elastocapillary interactions by conducting simple experiments and solving free-boundary problems.

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3. H.-M. Kwon, H.-Y. Kim, J. Puell, and L. Mahadevan, "Equilibrium of an elastically confined liquid drop," Journal of Applied Physics 103, 093519 (2008)
4. K. J. Park and H.-Y. Kim, "Bending of floating flexible legs," Journal of Fluid Mechanics 610, 381-390 (2008)
5. Z. Wei, T. M. Schneider, J. Kim, H.-Y. Kim, J. Aizenberg, and L. Mahadevan, "Elastocapillary coalescence of plates and pillars," Proceedings of the Royal Society A 471, 20140593 (2015)
6. T.-H. Kim, J. Kim, and H.-Y. Kim, "Evaporation-driven clustering of microscale pillars and lamellae," Physics of Fluids 28, 022003 (2016)
7. M. Lee, S. Kim, H.-Y. Kim, and L. Mahadevan, "Bending and buckling of wet paper," Physics of Fluids 28, 042101 (2016)



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