Self-similar drop-size distributions produced by breakup in chaotic flows

F. J. Muzzio*, M. Tjahjadi, J. M. Ottino

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Deformation and breakup of immiscible fluids in deterministic chaotic flows is governed by self-similar distributions of stretching histories and stretching rates and produces populations of droplets of widely distributed sizes. Scaling reveals that distributions of drop sizes collapse into two self-similar families; each family exhibits a different shape, presumably due to changes in the breakup mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-57
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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