This book highlights some recent advances in interfacial research in the fields of fluid mechanics and materials science at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is an extension of the presentations made during the conference "Interfaces for the 21st Century," held on August 16-18, 1999, in Monterey, California. It includes papers by sixteen renowned experts in the field of interfacial mechanics, abstracts contributed by research scientists, and a summary of a panel discussion on future research directions. The book covers experimental and theoretical approaches, with the unifying philosophy being the investigation of new techniques for modeling the dynamics of interfaces. A number of new and exciting solution methods and experimental studies, as well as the physical problems that initiated them, are presented.
The effect of a stabilizing gradient on interface morphology, T. Maxworthy; spreading of a liquid drop with mass loss, L.M. Hocking; viscous gravity currents with solidification, M. Bunk et al; coarsening dynamics of roll waves, H.-C. Chang and E.A. Demekhin; thermocapillary control with feedback of large wavelength interfacial instabilities, R.E. Kelly; pattern formation in thin liquid films, D. Gallez and E. Ramos de Souza; molecular aspects of contact-line dynamics, J. Koplik and J. Banavar; computational methods for advancing interfaces, J.A. Sethian; direct numerical simulations of multiphase flows, G. Tryggvason and B. Bunner; a phase-field model with convection - numerical simulations, D.M. Anderson et al; phase field model of multicomponent alloy solidification with hydrodynamics, R.F. Sekerka and Z.-Q. Bi; the effects of a stress-dependent mobility on interfacial stability, P.W. Voorhees and M.J. Aziz; non-constant growth characteristics of pivalic acid dendrites in microgravity, J.C. LaCombe et al; interfaces on all scales during solidification and melting, M.G. Worster; phase and microstructure selection in peritectics, W. Kurz and S. Dobler; model phase diagrams for an FFC alloy, R.J. Braun et al. (Part contents)