On the Fragmentation of Drops

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M. J. Tan, S. G. Bankoff

Chemical Engineering Department, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. 60201

J. Fluids Eng 108(1), 109-114 (Mar 01, 1986) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3242528 History: Received May 20, 1983; Online October 26, 2009


Fragmentation of mercury drops falling through a bubbly aqueous liquid by a pressure shock wave was investigated by means of a shock tube capable of operating at driver pressures up to 3 MPa. The responses to moderately strong shock waves (up to 1.7 MPa) were photographed by a high-speed camera at rates of up to 4400 frames per second. The results show the existence of a critical Weber number, (We)cr = 17, for drop fragmentation. Qualitative characterization of the shock-drop interactions for single mercury drops is provided.

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