Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Note on the time-dependent deformation of a viscous drop which is almost spherical

J. M.  Rallison a1
a1 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

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The theory of the shear-induced small deformation of viscous drops at zero Reynolds number is reviewed. The general result for arbitrary shear and surface tension is presented, and the asymptotic forms for weak flow and for high internal viscosity are derived from it. In the latter case, numerical solutions are compared with the experiments of Torza, Cox & Mason (1972).

(Published Online April 19 2006)
(Received April 17 1979)