Spreading of Boger fluid on horizontal surface

Jeongin Han, Chongyoup Kim

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In this research we investigated the spreading of polyisobutylene solutions in polybutene on glass surfaces by measuring contact line speed as a function of dynamic contact angle. Polymer concentration was less than twice the coil overlap concentration (2c*). The contact line motion of polymer solutions was qualitatively similar to that of Newtonian liquid in that it followed the Tanner-Voinov-Hoffman relation. However the contact line speed was strongly affected by the migration of polymer molecules away from the wall due to the hydrodynamic interaction between the polymer and the wall at the contact line region. The hydrodynamic interaction is caused by the elasticity of polymer molecules in the shear flow. However, the elasticity of the polymer solution did not directly affect the bulk motion strongly since the Deborah number of the bulk motion was less than 0.1. The present result can be used in the derivation of the boundary condition for solving free surface flows of viscoelastic fluid on a solid surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-130
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was partially supported by Mid-career Researcher Program through NRF Grant funded by the MEST (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology), Korea (No. 2010-0015186 ).


  • Boger fluid
  • Contact line
  • Depletion layer
  • Migration
  • TVH relation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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