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Trends in Chemical Engineering   Volumes    Volume 9 
Numerical simulation of thin film coating and spreading flows: current capabilities and future trends
H. M. Thompson, M. C. T. Wilson, P. H. Gaskell, J. L. Summers, Y. C. Lee, N. Kapur
Pages: 43 - 54
Number of pages: 12
Trends in Chemical Engineering
Volume 9 

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Thin film coating flows have many environmental, medical and scientific applications and are ubiquitous throughout the chemical engineering industry. Examples range from photolithographic manufacture of microelectronic components via centrifugally-driven flow over patterned substrates to the more traditional gravity-driven slide coating flows popular in the photographic industry. The accurate numerical simulation of such flows, which are often fully three-dimensional and/or composed of several liquid layers, is enormously challenging. This paper briefly reviews current capabilities and limitations of existing numerical techniques and presents a range of new results which highlight the applicability of lubrication, Finite Element and lattice Boltzmann-based methods for coating flows and future developments needed to improve their utility in industrial design.

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