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Effect of static deformation and external forces on the oscillations of levitated dropletsThe oscillations of an aspherical droplet subjected to different external forces are considered. For an arbitrary shape deformation, it is shown that the frequency spectrum splits into (2l - 1) peaks for a mode l oscillation, and the splitting of the frequency spectrum is calculated for mode 2, 3, and 4 oscillations. The deformation is then treated as a consequence of a general external force, and the frequency split is obtained in terms of the external force parameters. Droplets levitated by acoustic, electromagnetic, and combined acoustic-electromagnetic forces are considered in particular, and it is shown that the effects of asphericity adequately explain the splitting of the frequency spectrum observed commonly in experiments. The interpretation of spectra with regard to accurate surface tension measurement using the oscillations of levitated droplets is discussed, and the results applied to some previous experimental results. It is shown that the accuracy of surface tension measurements can improve if the asphericity caused by the levitating force, and the resulting frequency split, are taken into account.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Suryanarayana, P. V. R.
(Rice Univ. Houston, TX, United States)
Bayazitoglu, Y.
(Rice University Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Physics of Fluids A
Volume: 3
ISSN: 0899-8213
Subject Category
Fluid Mechanics And Heat Transfer
Accession Number
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