Publication Date:
2011-08-19

Description:
The nonlinear dynamics of nonaxisymmetric inviscid charged conducting drops near the Rayleigh charge limit (R = 4) is investigated analytically. It is shown that only axisymmetric spheroid drops bifurcate from the sphere family when the charge is increased, that oblate spheroids at R greater than 4 are unstable to nonaxisymmetric disturbances governing drop breakup, and that prolate spheroids at R less than 4 are unstable only to axisymmetric disturbances tending to increase the length of the drop along its symmetry axis. The effects of external electric fields and rigid-body rotation are also analyzed, and the solutions for the amplitude equations at R just less than 4 (equivalent to the dynamical equations of the Henon-Heiles Hamiltonian) are explored.

Keywords:
FLUID MECHANICS AND HEAT TRANSFER

Type:
Proceedings, Series A - Mathematical and Physical Sciences (ISSN 0080-4630); 410; 1838,; 209-227

Format:
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