• Ralf BlosseyEmail author
Part of the Theoretical and Mathematical Physics book series (TMP)


The introduction illustrates the problems of thin film flow and their stability or instability with two examples. The first is the classic Landau-Levich-Derjaguin problem of the coating of a plate withdrawn from a bath of liquid. This example allows to explain how well experiment and theory can be linked together and help in understanding this problem. The second concerns a much more complex situation: dewetting of a film made up from two liquids in a finite geometry. In this case, «only» experiments are described since the system shows already a high level of complexity.


Contact Angle Silicon Wafer Liquid Layer Capillary Number Surface Tension Gradient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS USR 3078Institut de Recherche InterdisciplinaireVilleneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance

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