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Capillary imbibition into converging tubes: Beating Washburn’s Law and the optimal imbibition of liquids

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We consider the problem of capillary imbibition into an axisymmetric tube for which the tube radius decreases in the direction of increasing imbibition. For tubes with constant radius, imbibition is described by Washburn’s law (referred to here as the ‘BCLW law’ to recognize the contributions of Bell, Cameron and Lucas that pre-date Washburn). We show that imbibition into tubes with a power-law relationship between radius and length generally occurs more quickly than imbibition into a constan...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b04495

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Mathematical Institute
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Mathematical Institute
Publisher:
American Chemical Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Langmuir Journal website
Publication date:
2016-02-05
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EISSN:
1520-5827
ISSN:
0743-7463
URN:
uuid:3738499b-04e1-4a71-adc1-b2375698f19a
Source identifiers:
600086
Local pid:
pubs:600086

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