Droplet Dynamics in Creeping Flows

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M. B. Stewart

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill. 61801

F. A. Morrison

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, University of California, Livermore, Calif. 94550

J. Appl. Mech 48(2), 224-228 (Jun 01, 1981) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3157601 History: Received January 01, 1980; Revised December 01, 1980; Online July 21, 2009


The accelerated motion of a liquid droplet is investigated analytically. The equation of motion is developed through an analysis of the internal and external fluid motions. Response to step changes in applied force and external fluid velocity are determined. Oscillating forces and velocities are treated and frequency response characteristics found. In the appropriate limits, the results reduce to the known behavior of bubbles or rigid particles.

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