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Disintegration of a falling drop of liquid

  1. Oct 12, 2008 #1
    What are the variables that determine the maximum diameter of a drop of liquid that will not disintegrate while falling through a gas (e.g. raindrop falling in air)?
     
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  3. Oct 13, 2008 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    If you mean "fragment" by disintegrate (as opposed to evaporate), then drop breakup is driven by interfacial energy, at a timescale driven by the viscosity.
     
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