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Volume 25, Number 6, Page 963 (1981)
Computer System Performance Evaluation
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Impact of a Liquid Drop Against a Flat Surface

by S. E. Bechtel, D. B. Bogy, F. E. Talke
Lagrangian methods are used with an assumed flow field and a truncated sphere model to analyze the dynamical process of a liquid drop impacting a flat, rigid surface. The resulting differential equation for drop height as a function of time during contact is solved numerically for several values of the three parameters: Weber number of the incoming drop, ratio of the surface tension in air to that at the contact surface, and the viscosity parameter. The drop contact radius as a function of time is also calculated and compared with some experimental results in the literature.
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