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  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Volume 213
  • April 1990, pp. 287-311

Buoyancy-driven motion of a deformable drop toward a planar wall at low Reynolds number

  • E. P. Ascoli (a1) (a2), D. S. Dandy (a1) (a3) and L. G. Leal (a1) (a4)
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The slow viscous motion of a deformable drop moving normal to a planar wall is studied numerically. In particular, a boundary integral technique employing the Green's function appropriate to a no-slip planar wall is used. Beginning with spherical drop shapes far from the wall, highly deformed and ‘dimpled’ drop configurations are obtained as the planar wall is approached. The initial stages of dimpling and their evolution provide information and insight into the basic assumptions of film-drainage theory.

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