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Original Article | Open Access

Derivations of the Young-Laplace equation

Department of Energy Resources, University of Stavanger, 4036 Stavanger, Norway
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Abstract

The classical Young-Laplace equation relates capillary pressure to surface tension and the principal radii of curvature of the interface between two immiscible fluids. In this paper the required properties of space curves and smooth surfaces are described by differential geometry and linear algebra. The equilibrium condition is formulated by a force balance and minimization of surface energy.

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Siqveland LM, Skjæveland SM. Derivations of the Young-Laplace equation. Capillarity, 2021, 4(2): 23-30. https://doi.org/10.46690/capi.2021.02.01

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Received: 10 April 2021
Revised: 25 April 2021
Accepted: 26 April 2021
Published: 28 April 2021
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