Picture of wind turbine against blue sky

Open Access research with a real impact...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs.

The Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) within Strathclyde's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is producing Open Access research that can help society deploy and optimise renewable energy systems, such as wind turbine technology.

Explore wind turbine research in Strathprints

Explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research content

Analysis of a static undulation on the surface of a thin dielectric liquid layer formed by dielectrophoresis forces

Mottram, Nigel and Brown, Carl and McHale, Glen (2011) Analysis of a static undulation on the surface of a thin dielectric liquid layer formed by dielectrophoresis forces. Journal of Applied Physics, 110 (2). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0021-8979

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

A layer of insulating liquid of dielectric constant epsilon(Oil) and average thickness (h) over bar coats a flat surface at y = 0 at which a one-dimensional sinusoidal potential V(x, 0) = V(O) cos(pi x/p) is applied. Dielectrophoresis forces create a static undulation (or "wrinkle") distortion h(x) of period p at the liquid/air interface. Analytical expressions have been derived for the electrostatic energy and the interfacial energy associated with the surface undulation when h(x) = (h) over bar - (1/2)A cos(2 pi x/p) yielding a scaling relationship for A as a function of (h) over bar, p, V(O), epsilon(Oil) and the surface tension. The analysis is valid as A/p -> 0, and in this limit convergence with numerical simulation of the system is shown.