Migration of Droplets Under Reduced Gravity

  • Volkmar Delitzsch
  • Helmut Eckelmann
  • Walter Wuest
Conference paper
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


The migration of water droplets in butyl benzoate was investigated in a test cell. Both liquids are immiscible with one another and have the same density at about 32°C. At a temperature gradient of about 1°C/cm in stratified butyl benzoate in equilibrium the gravity is reduced to a hundredth of the interfacial force. Water droplets injected into the test cell are sorted out in the gravity field dependent on their diameters. The positions of the droplets in the test cell were photographically evaluated. The interface tension gradient was estimated at 10-6 N/°C m with the help of the formula of Young et al.


Interfacial Tension Water Droplet Gravity Field Test Cell Gravity Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Volkmar Delitzsch
    • 1
  • Helmut Eckelmann
    • 1
  • Walter Wuest
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte Mechanik und StrömungsphysikUniversität GöttingenGöttingenFed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.DFVLR-AVAGöttingenFed. Rep. of Germany

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