A theoretical and experimental study on the oscillation of a hanging drop

Takao Tsukada, Masakazu Sato, Nobuyuki Imaishi, Mitsunori Hozawa, Katsuhiko Fujinawa

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The damping oscillation of a hanging drop on a nozzle in the air was studied theoretically and experimentally. In the experiments, an elongated drop on a brass nozzle by electrostatic force was made to oscillate by removing the electric field instantaneously and the subsequent drop motion was recorded by a high-speed camera. In the theoretical study, the time-dependent drop shape and flow inside the drop were simulated numerically by use of the finite element method. It was found that the experimental results of oscillatory behavior for a hanging drop of aqueous glycerin solution were in good agreement with the calculated ones and that the frequency of oscillation was affected by drop volume, surface tension and nozzle size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-93
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1987


  • Drop Shape
  • Finite Element Method
  • Flow Pattern
  • Hanging Drop
  • Lagrangian Eulerian Description
  • Numerical Simulation
  • Oscillation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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