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2007
The dynamics of evaporating sessile droplets - Guena, G. and Poulard, C. and Cazabat, A. -M.
COLLOID JOURNAL 691-8 (2007)

Abstract : Experiments on sessile drops evaporating in a normal atmosphere without an applied thermal gradient are reported and compared with an available theoretical model. The liquids used are alkanes; water; and, more recently, polydimethylsiloxane oligomers. The substrates are silicon wafers, completely wetted by the liquid. Experiments with hanging drops allow us first to discard any influence of convection in the gas phase on the drop dynamics. The model assumes the process to be controlled by the stationary diffusion of the evaporating molecules in the gas phase. For alkanes and water, and in a limited range of drop sizes where gravity can be ignored, the model accounts very well for the dynamics of the drop radius, and rather well for the contact angle. This is no longer the case with the polydimethylsiloxane oligomers, where the very small contact angles require a more elaborated analysis of the drop edge.