Can Dynamic Contact Angle Be Measured Using Molecular Modeling?

A Malani and A Raghavanpillai and EB Wysong and GC Rutledge, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 109, 184501 (2012).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.184501

A method is presented for determining the dynamic contact angle at the three-phase contact between a solid, a liquid, and a vapor under an applied force, using molecular simulation. The method is demonstrated using a Lennard-Jones fluid in contact with a cylindrical shell of the fcc Lennard-Jones solid. Advancing and receding contact angles and the contact angle hysteresis are reported for the first time by this approach. The increase in force required to wet fully an array of solid cylinders (robustness) with decreasing separation distance between cylinders is evaluated. The dynamic contact angle is characterized by partial slipping of the three phase contact line when a force is applied.

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