The introduction of slippery lubricated surfaces allows for the investigation of the flow of highly viscous fluids, which otherwise will hardly move on standard solid surfaces. Here we present the study of the gravity induced motion of small drops of polymeric fluids deposited on inclined lubricated surfaces. The viscosity of these fluids decreases with increasing shear rate (shear thinning) and, more importantly, they exert normal forces on planes perpendicular to shear directions (elasticity). Despite the homogeneity of the surface and of the fluids, drops of sufficiently elastic fluids move downward with an oscillating instantaneous speed whose frequency is found to be directly proportional to the average speed and inversely to the drop volume. The oscillatory motion is caused by the formation of a bulge at the rear of the drop, which will be dragged along the drop free contour by the rolling motion undergone by the drop. This finding can be considered as a kind of new Weissenberg effect applied to moving droplets that combines dynamic wetting and polymer rheology.

Oscillatory motion of viscoelastic drops on slippery lubricated surfaces

Paolo Sartori;Davide Ferraro;Alessio Meggiolaro;Daniele Filippi;Annamaria Zaltron;Matteo Pierno;Giampaolo Mistura
2022

Abstract

The introduction of slippery lubricated surfaces allows for the investigation of the flow of highly viscous fluids, which otherwise will hardly move on standard solid surfaces. Here we present the study of the gravity induced motion of small drops of polymeric fluids deposited on inclined lubricated surfaces. The viscosity of these fluids decreases with increasing shear rate (shear thinning) and, more importantly, they exert normal forces on planes perpendicular to shear directions (elasticity). Despite the homogeneity of the surface and of the fluids, drops of sufficiently elastic fluids move downward with an oscillating instantaneous speed whose frequency is found to be directly proportional to the average speed and inversely to the drop volume. The oscillatory motion is caused by the formation of a bulge at the rear of the drop, which will be dragged along the drop free contour by the rolling motion undergone by the drop. This finding can be considered as a kind of new Weissenberg effect applied to moving droplets that combines dynamic wetting and polymer rheology.
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