Interface Equations for Capillary Rise in Random Environment

T. Laurila, C. Tong, S. Majaniemi, T. Ala-Nissila

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We consider the influence of quenched noise upon interface dynamics in two-dimensional (2D) and 3D capillary rise with rough walls by using a phase-field approach, where the local conservation of mass in the bulk is explicitly included. In the 2D case, the disorder is assumed to be in the effective mobility coefficient, while in the 3D case we explicitly consider the influence of locally fluctuating geometry along a solid wall using a generalized curvilinear coordinate transformation. To obtain the equations of motion for meniscus and contact lines, we develop a systematic projection formalism that allows inclusion of disorder. Using this formalism, we derive linearized equations of motion for the meniscus and contact line variables, which become local in the Fourier space representation. These dispersion relations contain effective noise that is linearly proportional to the velocity. The deterministic parts of our dispersion relations agree with results obtained from other similar studies in the proper limits. However, the forms of the noise terms derived here are quantitatively different from the other studies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number041601
Pages (from-to)1-11
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • fluctuation phenomena
  • interface dynamics
  • random media


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