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Stretching viscous sheets are encountered in the polymer film industry, e.g. the film casting process, as well as in the glass sheet industry. Classically this problem has an instability called draw resonance, when the draw ratio — corresponding to the ratio of the outlet velocity relative to the inlet velocity — is beyond a critical value. This instability is characterized by symmetric oscillations of both the film thickness and the width of the sheet, as illustrated in the movie above. In this context, we have investigated how the critical draw ratio is non-monotically modified either by strong cooling [2] or by lateral stretching [1]. We also have explored the original idea of stretching viscous sheets by centrifugal forces [3]. Finally we have investigated for the first time the pulling of contact-free films assisted by thermocapillary effects [4,5]. This concept has been patented since it can have an impact on production methods for silicon ribbons used for solar panels. More recently, we have dressed a complete map of stability for the film casting process including both gravity and inertia effects, where we surprisingly show unconditional stability region in the parameter space [6], the mechanism of which has recently been unravelled, together with the extension of the stability map for two-dimensional stretching sheets [7].

[7] Bechert M., Schubert D.W. & Scheid B., On the stabilizing effects of neck-in, gravity, and inertia in Newtonian film casting, Physics of Fluids 28, 024109 (2016)
[6] Bechert M., Schubert D.W. & Scheid B., Practical mapping of the draw resonance instability in film coating of Newtonian fluids, European Journal of Mechanics – B/Fluids 52, 68-75 (2015)
[5] Scheid B., van Nierop E. & Stone H. A., Thermocapillary-assisted pulling of contact-free liquid films, Physics of Fluids 24, 032107 (2012)
[4] Scheid B., van Nierop E. & Stone H. A., Thermocapillary-assisted pulling of thin films: application to molten metals, Applied Physics Letters 97, 171906 (2010)
[3] Howell P., Scheid B. & Stone H.A., Newtonian pizza: spinning a viscous sheet, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 659, 1-23 (2010)
[2] Scheid B., Quiligotti S., Tran B., Gy R. & Stone H.A., On the (de)stabilization of draw resonance due to cooling, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 636, 155-176 (2009)
[1] Scheid B., Quiligotti S., Tran B. & Stone H.A., Lateral Shaping and stability of a stretching viscous sheet, European Physical Journal B 68, 487-494 (2009)