Volume 83, Number 3, August 2008
Article Number 34005
Number of page(s) 5
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 23 July 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 34005
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/34005

Advancing-drying droplets of polymer solutions: Local increase of the viscosity at the contact line

C. Monteux, Y. Elmaallem, T. Narita and F. Lequeux

PPMD, ESPCI, UMR 7615 - 10 rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris, France, EU

received 17 January 2008; accepted in final form 16 June 2008; published August 2008
published online 23 July 2008

We present experimental results concerning the advancing motion of drops of polymer solutions in the presence of controlled evaporation. We find that at high advancing velocities the classical Cox-Voinov law is verified, i.e. the advancing contact angle varies linearly with the capillary number. Below a critical velocity the contact angle increases as the advancing velocity is reduced. These results can be explained by taking into account the divergence of the rate of evaporation close to the contact line leading to an accumulation of polymer close to the edge of the drop. The induced local increase of the viscosity explains the increase of the contact angle. We show that the accumulation of polymer over a few nanometers is sufficient to slow down the contact line.

PACS - Contact lines.
47.57.Ng - Polymers and polymer solutions. - Marangoni convection.

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