Short-time dynamics of partial wetting.

@article{Bird2008ShorttimeDO,
  title={Short-time dynamics of partial wetting.},
  author={James C. Bird and Shreyas Mandre and Howard A. Stone},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2008},
  volume={100 23},
  pages={
          234501
        }
}
When a liquid drop contacts a wettable surface, the liquid spreads over the solid to minimize the total surface energy. The first moments of spreading tend to be rapid. For example, a millimeter-sized water droplet will wet an area having the same diameter as the drop within a millisecond. For perfectly wetting systems, this spreading is inertially dominated. Here we identify that even in the presence of a contact line, the initial wetting is dominated by inertia rather than viscosity. We find… 

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