On the lifetimes of evaporating droplets

Stauber, J. M. and Wilson, S. K. and Duffy, B. R. and Sefiane, K. (2014) On the lifetimes of evaporating droplets. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 744. R2. ISSN 0022-1120 (https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2014.94)

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The complete description of the lifetime of a droplet on a solid substrate evaporating in a 'stick–slide' mode is obtained. The unexpectedly subtle relationship between the lifetime of such a droplet and the lifetimes of initially identical droplets evaporating in the extreme modes (namely the constant contact radius and constant contact angle modes) is described and summarised in an appropriate master diagram. In particular, it is shown that the lifetime of a droplet is not, in general, constrained by the lifetimes of the extreme modes.


Stauber, J. M., Wilson, S. K. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7841-9643, Duffy, B. R. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2687-7938 and Sefiane, K.;