Patterns in Drying Water Films

  • S. G. Lipson
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 158)


When a thin water film evaporates from a clean cleaved mica substrate, two films of different thickness can coexist, one of them being stable and the other metastable. As the evaporation proceeds, a phase transition occurs between them. The edge between the two films becomes unstable and the patterns which develop are reminiscent of diffusion-limited solidification and viscous fingering. Experimental results and a theory are presented. The theory suggests that remaining drops evaporate in an unusual manner, whereby the largest drops evaporate fastest. This behavior was confirmed.


Continuum Model Thick Film Discrete System Water Film Interaction Free Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. G. Lipson
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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