Wetting dynamics - Spreading of metallic drops

TitleWetting dynamics - Spreading of metallic drops
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsChatain, D, Carter, WCraig
JournalNature Materials
Pagination843 - 845
Date Published2004/12//

The spreading of metallic liquid drops on flat solid metal or ceramic substrates ranges from milliseconds - comparable to room-temperature spreading of water on glass - to hours. This varying timescale can be understood by what happens - or doesn't happen - at the foot of the drop where the liquid surface contacts the substrate.