Boundary conditions for a capillary fluid in contact with a wall

Research paper by Henri Gouin, Witold Kosinski

Indexed on: 14 Feb '08Published on: 14 Feb '08Published in: Physics - Fluid Dynamics


Contact of a fluid with a solid or an elastic wall is investigated. The wall exerts molecular forces on the fluid which is locally strongly nonhomogeneous. The problem is approached with a fluid energy of the second gradient form and a wall surface energy depending on the value of the fluid density at the contact. >From the virtual work principle are obtained limit conditions taking into account the fluid density, its normal derivative to the wall and the curvature of the surface