The Splitting of Drops and Bubbles by Turbulent Fluid Flow

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M. Sevik

The Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel, Ordnance Research Laboratory

S. H. Park

Department of Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.

J. Fluids Eng 95(1), 53-60 (Mar 01, 1973) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3446958 History: Received August 02, 1972; Online October 12, 2010


The work of Hinze concerned with the splitting of drops and bubbles by turbulent flow has been extended. In particular, the breakup of air bubbles in the adjustment region of a high Reynolds number water jet has been observed. A critical Weber number of 1.3 was obtained from these experiments, whereas Hinze calculated a value of 0.59 based on tests involving the dispersion of various immiscible liquids. It was found that both Weber numbers could be predicted theoretically by considering the resonances of the liquid drops or gas bubbles.

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