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On the formation and recurrent shedding of ligaments in droplet aerobreakup

Dorschner, Benedikt and Biasiori-Poulanges, Luc and Schmidmayer, Kevin and El-Rabii, Hazem and Colonius, Tim (2020) On the formation and recurrent shedding of ligaments in droplet aerobreakup. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 904 . Art. No. A20. ISSN 0022-1120.

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The breakup of water droplets when exposed to high-speed gas flows is investigated using both high-magnification shadowgraphy experiments as well as fully three-dimensional numerical simulations, which account for viscous as well as capillary effects. After thorough validation of the simulations with respect to the experiments, we elucidate the ligament formation process and the effect of surface tension. By Fourier decomposition of the flow field, we observe the development of specific azimuthal modes, which destabilize the liquid sheet surrounding the droplet. Eventually, the liquid sheet is ruptured, which leads to the formation of ligaments. We further observe the ligament formation and shedding to be a recurrent process. While the first ligament shedding weakly depends on the Weber number, subsequent shedding processes seem to be driven primarily by inertia and the vortex shedding in the wake of the deformed droplet.

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Dorschner, Benedikt0000-0001-8926-7542
Schmidmayer, Kevin0000-0003-0444-3098
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Additional Information:© 2020 Published by Cambridge University Press. Received 2 March 2020; revised 13 May 2020; accepted 14 August 2020. The experimental work (L.B.P. and H.E.R.) was supported by the Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine as part of the SEIGLE project (2017-1R50115) and the CPER FEDER project. B.D. acknowledges support from the Swiss National Science Foundation Grant No. P2EZP2_178436. Computations associated with parallel performance have utilized the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, which is supported by the National Science Foundation grant number CTS120005. The authors report no conflict of interest.
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Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine2017-1R50115
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Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)P2EZP2_178436
Subject Keywords:high-speed flow, breakup/coalescence, aerosols/atomization
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Official Citation:Dorschner, B., Biasiori-Poulanges, L., Schmidmayer, K., El-Rabii, H., & Colonius, T. (2020). On the formation and recurrent shedding of ligaments in droplet aerobreakup. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 904, A20. doi:10.1017/jfm.2020.699
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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