Capillary Instability of Free Liquid Jets

  • N. AshgrizEmail author
  • A. L. Yarin


This chapter deals with capillary instability of straight free liquid jets moving in air. It begins with linear stability theory for small perturbations of Newtonian liquid jets and discusses the unstable modes, characteristic growth rates, temporal and spatial instabilities and their underlying physical mechanisms. The linear theory also provides an estimate of the main droplet size emerging from capillary breakup. Formation of satellite modes is treated in the framework of either asymptotic methods or direct numerical simulations. Then, such additional effects like thermocapillarity, or swirl are taken into account. In addition, quasi-one-dimensional approach for description of capillary breakup is introduced and illustrated in detail for Newtonian and rheologically complex liquid jets (pseudoplastic, dilatant, and viscoelastic polymeric liquids).


Capillary instability of liquid jets Curvature Elongational rheology Free liquid jets Linear stability theory Nonlinear theory Quasi-one-dimensional equations Reynolds number Rheologically complex liquids (pseudoplastic, dilatant, and viscoelastic polymeric liquids) Satellite drops Small perturbations Spatial instability Surface tension Swirl Temporal instability Thermocapillarity Viscosity 


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  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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