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Nanobubble-induced flow of immersed glassy polymer films

Abstract : We study the free-surface deformation dynamics of an immersed glassy thin polymer film supported on a substrate, induced by an air nanobubble at the free surface. We combine analytical and numerical treatments of the glassy thin film equation, resulting from the lubrication approximation applied to the surface mobile layer of the glassy film, under the driving of an axisymmetric step function in the pressure term accounting for the nanobubble's Laplace pressure. Using the method of Green's functions, we derive a general solution for the film profile. We show that the lateral extent of the surface perturbation follows an asymptotic viscocapillary power-law behaviour in time, and that the film's central height decays logarithmically in time in this regime. This process eventually leads to film rupture and dewetting at finite time, for which we provide an analytical prediction exhibiting explicitly the dependencies in surface mobility, film thickness and bubble size, among others. Finally, using finite-element numerical integration, we discuss how non-linear effects induced by the curvature and film profile can affect the evolution.
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Submitted on : Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 11:41:21 PM
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  • HAL Id : hal-03191223, version 1
  • ARXIV : 2104.02948



Christian Pedersen, Shuai Ren, Yuliang Wang, Andreas Carlson, Thomas Salez. Nanobubble-induced flow of immersed glassy polymer films. 2021. ⟨hal-03191223⟩



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