Precursors to splashing of liquid droplets on a solid surface

Shreyas Mandre*, Madhav Mani, Michael P. Brenner

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A high velocity impact between a liquid droplet and a solid surface produces a splash. Classical work traced the origin of the splash to a thin sheet of fluid ejected near the impact point. Mechanisms of sheet formation have heretofore relied on initial contact of the droplet and the surface. We demonstrate that, neglecting intermolecular forces between the liquid and the solid, the liquid does not contact the solid, and instead spreads on a very thin air film. The interface of the droplet develops a high curvature and emits capillary waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number134502
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Mar 30 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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