Reference : Lifetime of a Bouncing Droplet
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Lifetime of a Bouncing Droplet
Terwagne, Denis mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de physique > Physique statistique >]
Vandewalle, Nicolas mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de physique > Physique statistique >]
Dorbolo, Stéphane mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de physique > Physique statistique >]
Physical Review E
Amer Physical Soc
5, Pt 2
Yes (verified by ORBi)
College Pk
[en] When a droplet is gently laid onto the surface of the same liquid, it stays at rest for a moment before coalescence. The coalescence can be delayed and sometimes inhibited by injecting fresh air under the droplet. This can happen when the surface of the bath oscillates vertically. In this case the droplet basically bounces on the interface. The lifetime of the droplet has been studied with respect to the amplitude and the frequency of the excitation. The lifetime decreases when the acceleration increases. The thickness of the air film between the droplet and the bath has been investigated using interference fringes obtained when the system is illuminated by low-pressure sodium lamps. Moreover, both the shape evolution and the motion of the droplet center of mass have been recorded in order to evidence the phase offset between the deformation and the trajectory. A short lifetime is correlated to a small air-film thickness and to a large phase offset between the maximum of deformation and the minimum of the vertical position of the center of mass.
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