Effect of inertia on drop breakup under shear

Yuriko Y. Renardy, Vittorio Cristini

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The effects of inertia on the spherical drop subjected to shear between parallel walls in a matrix liquid was analyzed. The critical capillary number for break-up in shear flow in the presence of inertia depended on the Reynolds number which obeyed a power law. The flow was investigated with a volume-of-fluid continuous-surface-force algorithm. The results showed that critical Reynolds number scales was inversely proportional to the capillary number using the numerical simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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