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On the lifetimes of evaporating droplets

  • J. M. Stauber (a1), S. K. Wilson (a1), B. R. Duffy (a1) and K. Sefiane (a2)
Abstract

The complete description of the lifetime of a droplet on a solid substrate evaporating in a ‘stick–slide’ mode is obtained. The unexpectedly subtle relationship between the lifetime of such a droplet and the lifetimes of initially identical droplets evaporating in the extreme modes (namely the constant contact radius and constant contact angle modes) is described and summarised in an appropriate master diagram. In particular, it is shown that the lifetime of a droplet is not, in general, constrained by the lifetimes of the extreme modes.

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The online version of this article is published within an Open Access environment subject to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution licence .
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Email address for correspondence: s.k.wilson@strath.ac.uk
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