Journal of Fluid Mechanics

The breaking of axisymmetric slender liquid bridges

J.  Meseguer a1
a1 Laboratorio de Aerodinámica, E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos, Universidad Politécnica, Madrid, Spain

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Liquids held by surface tension forces can bridge the gap between two solid bodies placed not too far apart from each other. The equilibrium conditions and stability criteria for static, cylindrical liquid bridges are well known. However, the behaviour of an unstable liquid bridge, regarding both its transition toward breaking and the resulting configuration, is a matter for discussion. The dynamical problem of axisymmetric rupture of a long liquid bridge anchored at two equal coaxial disks is treated in this paper through the adoption of one-dimensional theories which are widely used in capillary jet problems.

(Published Online April 20 2006)
(Received April 20 1982)
(Revised September 15 1982)