Imperial College London

Professor Omar K. Matar, FREng

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Vice-Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering



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BibTex format

author = {Adebayo, IT and Matar, OK},
doi = {10.3791/57865},
journal = {Journal of Visualized Experiments},
title = {Film control to study contributions of waves to droplet impact dynamics on thin flowing liquid films},
url = {},
volume = {138},
year = {2018}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Droplet impact is a very common phenomenon in nature and attracts attention due to its aesthetic fascination and wide-ranging applications. Previous studies on flowing liquid films have neglected the contributions of spatial structures of waves to the impact outcome, while this has recently been shown to have a significant influence on the drop impact dynamics. In this report, we outline a step-by-step procedure to investigate the effect of periodic inlet forcing of a flowing liquid film leading to the production of spatiotemporally regular wave structures on drop impact dynamics. A function generator in connection with a solenoid valve is used to excite these spatiotemporally regular wave structures on the film surface while the impact dynamics of uniform-sized droplets are captured using a high-speed camera. Three distinct regions are then studied; viz. the capillary wave region preceding the large wave peak, the flat film region, and the wave hump region. The effects of important dimensionless quantities such as film Reynolds, drop Weber and Ohnesorge numbers parameterized by the film flow rate, drop speed, and drop size are also examined. Our results show interesting, hitherto undiscovered dynamics brought about by this application of film inlet forcing of the flowing film for both low and high inertia drops.
AU - Adebayo,IT
AU - Matar,OK
DO - 10.3791/57865
PY - 2018///
SN - 1940-087X
TI - Film control to study contributions of waves to droplet impact dynamics on thin flowing liquid films
T2 - Journal of Visualized Experiments
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VL - 138
ER -