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Satellite Droplet Formation in a Liquid Jet

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2 Author(s)
Pimbley, W.T. ; IBM System Communications Division laboratory, P.O. Box 6, Endicott, New York 13760, USA ; Lee, H.C.

The formation and behavior of satellite droplets in a liquid jet is investigated experimentally and theoretically. The satellite droplet break-off distance is measured stroboscopically as a function of the frequency and amplitude of nozzle vibration. A second-order analysis of spatial instability is developed, which demonstrates the essential features of satellite formation as it is observed. Satellite formation is least likely to occur when the main-drop spacing is five to seven times the jet diameter.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 1 )