The capillary instability of a thin liquid layer on a cylinder is studied. Using an integral approach and lubrication approximation, transport equations governing the spatiotemporal evolution of a film thickness and the temperature along the film are obtained. Evolution of the system under both isothermal and nonisothermal conditions is studied numerically. It is shown that nonlinear interaction of the linearly unstable modes begets an additional mode with a wavelength equal to that of the fastest growing wave. This, in turn, causes the formation of satellite drops along with the main ones. Application of these results in a possible continuous technology of high-temperature superconductor wire fabrication is discussed.
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