The spreading behaviour of capillary driven yield-stress drops

G. German, V. Bertola

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Surface tension driven spreading of viscoplastic drops after impact on a solid substrate is investigated experimentally and compared with purely shear-thinning drops. It is shown that the spreading rate is affected independently both by the degree of fluid shear-thinning and by the yield-stress magnitude. Moreover, spreading can be inhibited when the yield-stress becomes greater than a critical value, preventing drops from assuming a spherical cap shape with a static contact angle consistent with the Young-Laplace equation. This critical value can be related to a transition between capillary governed and viscoplastic governed behaviour, with the regime change characterised by the ratio of capillary pressure to yield-stress magnitude. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2010


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