Simplified modeling of slide-fed curtain coating flow

Hyun Wook Jung, Joo Sung Lee, Jae Chun Hyun, See Jo Kim, L. E. Scriven

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Simplified model of slide-fed curtain coating flow has been developed and tested in this study. It rests on the sheet profile equations for curtain thickness in curtain flow and its trajectory derived by the integral momentum balance approach of Higgins and Scriven (1979) and Kistler (1983). It also draws on the film profile equation of film thickness variation in flow down a slide. The equations have been solved in finite difference approximation by Newton iteration with continuation. The results show that how inertia (Reynolds number), surface tension (capillary number), inclination angle of the slide, and air pressure difference across the curtain affect sheet trajectory and thickness profile. It has been revealed that approximate models can be useful to easily analyze coating flow dynamics without complex computations, giving qualitative agreement with full theory and with experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-233
Number of pages7
JournalKorea Australia Rheology Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec


  • Curtain coating
  • Curtain flow
  • Curtain trajectory
  • Integral momentum balance
  • Sheet profile equation
  • Simplified modeling
  • Slide flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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