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Capillarity and Wetting Phenomena

Drops, Bubbles, Pearls, Waves

  • Pierre-Gilles de Gennes
  • Françoise Brochard-Wyart
  • David Quéré

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Françoise Brochard-Wyart, David Quéré
    Pages 1-31
  3. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Françoise Brochard-Wyart, David Quéré
    Pages 33-67
  4. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Françoise Brochard-Wyart, David Quéré
    Pages 69-85
  5. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Françoise Brochard-Wyart, David Quéré
    Pages 87-105
  6. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Françoise Brochard-Wyart, David Quéré
    Pages 107-138
  7. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Françoise Brochard-Wyart, David Quéré
    Pages 139-151
  8. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Françoise Brochard-Wyart, David Quéré
    Pages 153-190
  9. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Françoise Brochard-Wyart, David Quéré
    Pages 191-213
  10. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Françoise Brochard-Wyart, David Quéré
    Pages 215-259
  11. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Françoise Brochard-Wyart, David Quéré
    Pages 261-287
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 289-291

About this book

Introduction

As I glance out my window in the early morning, I can see beads of droplets gracing a spider web. The film of dew that has settled on the threads is unstable and breaks up spontaneously into droplets. This phenomenon has implications for the treatment of textile fibers (the process known as "oiling"), glass, and carbon. It is no less important when applying mascara! I take my morning shower. The moment I step out, I dry off by way of evaporation (which makes me feel cold) and by dewetting (the process by which dry areas form spontaneously and expand on my skin). As I rush into my car under a pelting rain, my attention is caught by small drops stuck on my windshield. I also notice larger drops rolling down and others larger still that, like snails, leave behind them a trail of water. I ask myself what the difference is between these rolling drops and grains of sand tumbling down an incline. I wonder why the smallest drops remain stuck. The answers to such questions do help car manufacturers treat the surface of glass and adjust the tilt of windshields.

Keywords

Additiv coating dynamics surface thin films transport transport phenomena waves

Authors and affiliations

  • Pierre-Gilles de Gennes
    • 1
  • Françoise Brochard-Wyart
    • 2
  • David Quéré
    • 3
  1. 1.Collège de France & Institute CurieParisFrance
  2. 2.Institute CurieParisFrance
  3. 3.Collège de FranceParisFrance

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