Journal article

Hydrodynamic forces involving deformable interfaces at nanometer separations

Rogerio Manica, Jason N Connor, Raymond R Dagastine, Steven L Carnie, Roger G Horn, Derek YC Chan

PHYSICS OF FLUIDS | AMER INST PHYSICS | Published : 2008

Abstract

A model is developed to describe the dynamic forces acting between two deformable drops, or between one drop and a solid surface, when they are in relative axisymmetric motion at separations of ≤100 nm in a Newtonian liquid. Forces arise from hydrodynamic pressure in the draining liquid film that separates the interfaces and from disjoining pressure due to repulsive or attractive surface forces. Predictions of the model are successfully compared with recent experimental measurements of the force between two micrometer-scale surfactant stabilized decane drops in water in an atomic force microscope [S. L. Carnie, D. Y. C. Chan, C. Lewis, R. Manica, and R. R. Dagastine, Langmuir 21, 2912 (2005)..

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