Electrohydrodynamic instabilities of viscous drops

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A classic result due to Taylor is that a weakly conducting drop bearing zero net charge placed in a uniform electric field adopts a prolate or oblate spheroidal shape, the flow and shape being axisymmetrically aligned with the applied field. Here I overview some intriguing symmetry-breaking instabilities occurring in strong applied dc fields: Quincke rotation resulting in drop steady tilt or tumbling, and pattern formation on the surface of a particle-coated drop.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number060504
JournalPhysical Review Fluids
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2016

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