Viscous Marangoni migration of a drop in a Poiseuille flow at low surface Péclet numbers

On Shun Pak, Jie Feng, Howard A. Stone

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The motion of a spherical drop with a bulk-insoluble surfactant immersed in a background flow in the limits of low surface Péclet number and low Reynolds number is investigated. We develop a reciprocal theorem that applies to any prescribed background flow and provide a specific example of an unbounded Poiseuille flow. Analytical formulas for the migration velocity of the drop are obtained perturbatively in powers of the surface Péclet number. We show that the redistribution of surfactant due to the background flow acts to retard the motion of the drop, with the magnitude of this slip velocity being independent of the drop's position in the Poiseuille flow. Moreover, a surfactant-induced cross-streamline migration of the drop occurs towards the centre of the Poiseuille flow, with its magnitude depending linearly on the distance of the drop from the centre of the Poiseuille flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-552
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Aug 25 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


  • drops
  • drops and bubbles
  • low-Reynolds-number flows


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