Collapse dynamics of liquid bridges investigated by time-varying magnetic levitation

Academic Article


  • Using a novel technique that facilitates temporal control over the total body force on a liquid, an unexpected scaling relationship was discovered for the collapse time of a liquid bridge. A paramagnetic liquid was suspended between the tips of two collinear rods in a strong magnetic field gradient that was adjusted to compensate gravity. A sudden change of the magnet current, corresponding to a change of Bond number, resulted in a deformation and ultimate collapse of the liquid bridge. The collapse time was found to be independent of the bridge length when other parameters were held constant. © 2000 The American Physical Society.
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  • Mahajan MP; Tsige M; Zhang S; Alexander JID; Taylor PL; Rosenblatt C
  • Start Page

  • 338
  • End Page

  • 341
  • Volume

  • 84
  • Issue

  • 2