Bulletin of the American Physical Society
68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics
Volume 60, Number 21
Sunday–Tuesday, November 22–24, 2015; Boston, Massachusetts
Session KP2: Student Poster Session
Monday, November 23, 2015
Room: Exhibit Hall D (Student Poster Display Area)
Abstract ID: BAPS.2015.DFD.KP2.20
Abstract: KP2.00020 : Modeling a Bouncing Droplet with a Lubrication Force
(Claremont Graduate University)
In our laboratory experiments, a shallow bath of silicone oil of a particular viscosity was placed on an electromagnetic shaker where it was driven by a constant frequency just below the threshold of Faraday instability. A small droplet was then manually created on the surface of the vibrating bath and the bouncing behavior of the droplet was observed and recorded with the aid of a high speed camera. Droplets of sufficient size do not coalesce with the bath due to a thin air film that forms between them. Coalescence is avoided when the time for the bath to accelerate the droplet back into ballistic motion is shorter than the time required for the thin air film to deplete. Computer software was utilized to process the images and plot the dynamics of the droplet. The experimental data revealed that the acceleration of the droplets measured below -1 g at the moment when a droplet was being launched back into flight by the oscillating bath. We investigate whether lubrication theory accounts for these measurements and model a bouncing droplet on a vibrating bath of the same viscosity with a lubrication force to reproduce our experimental data using Matlab.
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