# Free boundary conditions

I am trying to simulate liquid film evaporation with free boundary conditions (in cartesian coordinates) and my boundary conditions are thus: $$\frac{\partial h}{\partial x} = 0, \qquad (1)$$ $$\frac{\partial^2 h}{\partial x^2} = 0, \qquad (2)$$ $$\frac{\partial^3 h}{\partial x^3}=0. \qquad (3)$$ However, I need only two of the above three conditions to satisfy my 4th order non-linear partial differential equation for film thickness, which looks something like. $$\frac{\partial h}{\partial t} + h^3\frac{\partial^3 h}{\partial x^3} + ... = 0$$ My question is: what does a combination of 1st and 2nd derivative conditions mean and what does a combination of 2nd and 3rd derivatives mean?

If I apply (1) and (2), does it mean that slope and curvature are zero and if I apply (1) and (3), does it mean that slope and shear stress are zero (from analogies of bending beams etc.)

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@MaksimZholudev Thanks for making the edit. It looks much cleaner! – drN Jan 31 '12 at 16:48