Sticking and splashing in yield-stress fluid drop impacts on coated surfaces

Brendan C. Blackwell, Marc E. Deetjen, Joseph E. Gaudio, Randy H. Ewoldt

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Yield-stress fluids, including gels and pastes, are effectively fluid at high stress and solid at low stress. In liquid-solid impacts, the fluid motion can be halted by the yield stress at different points of the event, and these fluids can therefore stick and accumulate where they impact, motivating several applications of these rheologically complex materials. Here, we use high-speed imaging to experimentally study liquid-solid impact of yield-stress fluids on pre-coated horizontal surfaces. With a pre-coating of the same material, we can observe large long-lifetime ejection sheets with redirected momentum which extend away from the impact location. Under critical splash conditions, sheet breakup occurs and ejected droplets can be nonspherical and threadlike due to the inability of capillary stresses to deform material above a certain lengthscale. By varying the droplet size, impact velocity, surface coating thickness, and rheological material properties, we develop appropriate dimensionless parameters and present a low-dimensional regime map of impact behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043101
JournalPhysics of fluids
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 6 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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