Spreading and retraction dynamics of sessile evaporating droplets comprising volatile binary mixtures

A. G. L. Williams, G. Karapetsas, D. Mamalis, K. Sefiane, O. K. Matar, P. Valluri

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The dynamics of thin volatile droplets comprising of binary mixtures deposited on a heated substrate are investigated. Using lubrication theory, we develop a novel one-sided model to predict the spreading and retraction of an evaporating sessile axisymmetric droplet formed of a volatile binary mixture on a substrate with high wettability. A thin droplet with a moving contact line is considered, taking into account the variation of liquid properties with concentration as well as the effects of inertia. The parameter space is explored and the resultant effects on wetting and evaporation are evaluated. Increasing solutal Marangoni stress enhances spreading rates in all cases, approaching those of superspreading liquids. To validate our model, experiments are conducted with binary ethanol–water droplets spreading on hydrophilic glass slides heated from below. The spreading rate is quantified, revealing that preferential evaporation of the more volatile component (ethanol) at the contact line drives superspreading, leading in some cases to a contact line instability. Good qualitative agreement is found between our model and experiments, with quantitative agreement being achieved in terms of spreading rate.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA22
Number of pages46
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Early online date23 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2021


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