Rupture Mechanism of a Liquid Film

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Science  26 Jul 1968:
Vol. 161, Issue 3839, pp. 373-375
DOI: 10.1126/science.161.3839.373


The rupture mechanism of edge-supported liquid films appears to involve the viscous and drag energies as well as previously postulated kinetic and surface energies. Although details are obscure, the mechanism appears to involve a liquid-gathering process at the free edge, followed by fragmentation of this thickened edge into drops whose radii are approximately 50 times the film's original thickness.

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