Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Life of a smooth liquid sheet

a1 Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre, UMR 6594, Technopôle de Château Gombert, 49 rue F. Joliot-Curie-BP146, 13384 Marseille cedex 13, France


We report on experiments with liquid sheets formed through the impact of a slender jet on a small disc at high Reynolds number. When the interaction with the surrounding air is negligible, the sheet spreads out radially and remains smooth. The study extends over the whole life of the sheet, considering the dynamics of its formation and destruction and paying special attention to the stationary regime, in which the transition from sheet to drops occurs.

(Received September 13 2000)
(Revised January 14 2002)