Drops climbing uphill on an oscillating substrate

2011 Journal of Fluid Mechanics  
have demonstrated that drops of liquid placed on an inclined plane oscillating vertically are able to climb uphill. In the present paper, we show that a two-dimensional shallow-water model incorporating surface tension and inertia can reproduce qualitatively the main features of these experiments. We find that the motion of the drop is controlled by the interaction of a 'swaying' (odd) mode driven by the in-plane acceleration and a 'spreading' (even) mode driven by the cross-plane acceleration.
more » ... Both modes need to be present to make the drop climb uphill, and the effect is strongest when they are in phase with each other.
doi:10.1017/s0022112010006452 fatcat:zol3sc7imva3lbqurgfkohfoci