On solutions of the reduced model for the dynamical evolution of contact lines Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We solve the linear advection-diffusion equation with a variable speed on a semi-infinite line. The variable speed is determined by an additional condition at the boundary, which models the dynamics of a contact line of a hydrodynamic flow at a 180 contact angle. We use Laplace transform in spatial coordinate and Green's function for the fourth-order diffusion equation to show local existence of solutions of the initial-value problem associated with the set of over-determining boundary conditions. We also analyze the explicit solution in the case of a constant speed (dropping the additional boundary condition).