Granular sessile drops

Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 1:55pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
005 Skiles
Ray Treinen – Texas State University – rt30@txstate.edu
John McCuan

We consider one or more volumes of a liquid or semi-molten material sitting on a substrate, while the vapor above is assumed to have the same medium in suspension. There may be both evaporation and condensation to move mass from one cell to another. We explore possible equilibrium states of such configurations. Our examples include a single sessile drop (or cell) on the plate, connected clusters of cells of the material on the plate, as well as a periodic configuration of connected cells on the plate. The shape of the configurations will depend on the type of energy that we take into consideration, and in settings with a vertical gravitational potential energy the clusters are shown to exhibit a preferred granular scale. The majority of our results are in a lower dimensional setting, however, some results will be presented in 3-D.