Dynamics of a drop at a fluid interface under shear

K. A. Smith*, J. M. Ottino, M. De La Olvera Cruz

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The dynamics of a two-dimensional drop flow on a fluid interface, which was subjected to simple shear flow was analyzed. A critical capillary number above which the drop had no steady shape and undergoes continuous deformation was obtained for a drop in shear flow at moderate viscosities. The symmetric drop deforms at critical capillary number along the interface and distance between the drops increases with drop length.The interfacial pinch-off process was found to be different from simple pinch-off due to the presence of the triple line in three dimensions. Possible implications for new drop instabilities were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number046302
Pages (from-to)046302-1-046302-6
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4 2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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