Dewetting films: Bifurcations and concentrations
Under the influence of long-range attractive and short-range repulsive forces, thin liquid films rupture and form complex dewetting patterns. This paper studies this phenomenon in one space dimension within the framework of fourth-order degenerate parabolic equations of lubrication type. We derive the global structure of the bifurcation diagram for steady-state solutions. A stability analysis of the solution branches and numerical simulations suggest coarsening occurs. Furthermore, we study the behaviour of solutions in the limit that short-range repulsive forces are neglected. Both asymptotic analysis and numerical experiments show that this limit can concentrate mass in δ-distributions.
Bertozzi, AL; Grün, G; Witelski, TP
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