Dynamics of bouncing-versus-merging response in jet collision

Minglei Li, Abhishek Saha, D. L. Zhu, Chao Sun, Chung K. Law

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A new regime of oblique jet collision, characterized by low impact inertia and jet merging through bridge formation, is observed and thereby completes the entire suite of possible jet collision outcomes of (soft) merging, bouncing, and (hard) merging with increasing inertia. These distinct regimes, together with the observed dependence of the collision outcome on the impact angle and liquid properties, are characterized through scaling analysis by considering the competing effects of impact inertia, surface tension, and viscous thinning of the interfacial air gap leading to merging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number023024
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 24 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability


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