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Experimental investigation of nonlinear instabilities in annular liquid sheets

  • D. Duke (a1), D. Honnery (a1) and J. Soria (a1)

The aerodynamically driven annular liquid sheet exhibits a complex nonlinear instability. Novel interfacial velocimetry experiments suggest that two distinct physical sources of instability may be present. The first is the well-known free shear layer instability, which is quasi-sinusoidal and nonlinear. The second is a distinct nonlinear rupturing instability, modulated on the previous one. It may be directly driving primary atomization. This instability has not been previously observed in isolation and is inherently nonlinear and non-sinusoidal. Novel application of Koopman analysis and the Hilbert transform permit investigation of these distinct instabilities. A greater understanding of the rupturing instability may lead to a better understanding of atomization phenomena.

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