Inserted: 11 oct 2015
Last Updated: 7 dec 2015
We consider the thin-film equation with a prototypical contact-line condition modeling the effect of frictional forces at the contact line where liquid, solid, and air meet. We show that such condition, relating flux with contact angle, naturally emerges from applying a thermodynamic argument due to Weiqing Ren and Weinan E Commun. Math. Sci. 9 (2011), 597-606 directly into the framework of lubrication approximation. For the resulting free boundary problem, we prove global existence of weak solutions, as well as global existence and uniqueness of approximating solutions which satisfy the contact line condition pointwise. The analysis crucially relies on new contractivity estimates for the location of the free boundary.