Disintegration of a falling drop of liquid

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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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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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