Electrospray and Atomization

  • Antonio Castellanos
Conference paper
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 380)


The electrostatic spraying of liquids is a well established technique [1] that offers several advantages over other methods of atomization. It appears in such diverse fields as spray painting, rocket propulsion, high intensity ion sources from liquid metals, etc. In many of these sources the liquid, dispersed from a high voltage capillary, forms a cone of semiangle ~49.3°, as discussed by Taylor [2]. In this configuration the electrostatic forces are balanced by the surface tension of the liquid, and the spray arises from the tip of the cone where the field is a maximum and the equilibrium cannot be maintained.


Liquid Dielectric Taylor Cone Charged Droplet Spray Painting Droplet Stream 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Castellanos
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  1. 1.University of SevillaSpain

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