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 language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review Fluids|
|State||Published - 2016|