Capillary rise between elastic sheets

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By Sung Hoon Kang

Title: Capillary rise between elastic sheets

Reference: HO-YOUNG KIM1 AND L. MAHADEVAN, J. Fluid Mech. 548, 141-150 (2006).

Soft matter keywords

capillary rise, surface tension, hydrophilic, three-phase junction, contact angle, Jurin’s law

Abstract from the original paper

When a paintbrush is dipped into a pot of paint and pulled out, surface tension forces cause the individual hairs in the brush to coalesce even as the brush becomes impregnated with paint. We study a simple model of this elastocapillary interaction in the context of the surface-tension-driven vertical rise of a liquid between two long flexible hydrophilic sheets that are held a small distance apart at one end. We provide an analytic theory for the static shapes of the sheets as well as the liquid rise height which is different from that of the classical law of Jurin, and show that our experiments are quantitatively consistent with the theory.

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