A computational investigation is conducted concerning the stability of free-surface gravity-driven liquid film flow over periodic corrugated substrate. The underpinning mathematical formulation constitutes an extension of the weighted residual integral boundary-layer (WIBL) method proposed by Ruyer-Quil and Manneville [“Improved modeling of flows down inclined planes,” Eur. Phys. J. B 15(2), 357–369 (2000)] and D’Alessio et al. [“Instability in gravity-driven flow over uneven surfaces,” Phys. Fluids 21(6), 062105 (2009)] to include third- and fourth-order terms in the long-wavelength expansion. Steady-state solutions for the free-surface and corresponding curves of neutral disturbances are obtained using Floquet theory and validated against corresponding experimental data and full Navier-Stokes (N-S) solutions. Sinusoidal and smoothed rectangular corrugations with variable steepness are considered. It is shown that the model is capable of predicting characteristic patterns of stability, including short-wave nose and isles of stability/instability as reported experimentally for viscous film flow over inclined topography, providing an attractive trade-off between the accuracy of a full N-S computation and the efficiency of an integral method. The range of parameter values for which the WIBL model remains valid is established; in particular, it is shown that its accuracy decreases with the Reynolds number and corrugation amplitude, but increases with the steepness parameter and ratio of wavelength to capillary length.
Veremieiev, S., & Wacks, D. (2019). Modelling gravity-driven film flow on inclined corrugated substrate using a high fidelity weighted residual integral boundary-layer method. Physics of Fluids, 31(2), Article 022101. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5063013