Electrohydrodynamics of particle-covered drops

Malika Ouriemi*, Petia M. Vlahovska

*Corresponding author for this work

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We experimentally investigate the effect of surface-absorbed colloidal particles on the dynamics of a leaky dielectric drop in a uniform DC electric field. Depending on the particle polarizabilty, coverage and the electrical field intensity, particles assemble into various patterns such as an equatorial belt, pole-to-pole chains or a band of dynamic vortices. The particle structuring changes droplet electrohydrodynamics: under the same conditions where a particle-free drop would be a steady oblate spheroid, the belt can give rise to unsteady behaviours such as sustained drop wobbling or tumbling. Moreover, particle chaining can be accompanied by prolate drop deformation and tip-streaming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-120
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Colloids
  • drops
  • electrohydrodynamic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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