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Pattern formation during the impact of a partially-frozen binary droplet on a cold surface

By Pallav Kant, Henrik Müller-Groeling and Detlef Lohse


Impact of a droplet on an undercooled surface is a complex phenomenon as it simultaneously instigates several physical processes that cover a broad spectrum of transport phenomena and phase-transition. Here, we report and explain an unexpected but highly relevant phenomenon of fingered growth of the solid-phase. It emerges during the impact of a binary droplet that freezes from the outside prior to the impact on the undercooled surface. We establish that the presence of pre-solidified material at the advancing contact line fundamentally changes the resulting dynamics, namely by modifying the local flow mobility that leads to an instability analogous to viscous fingering. Moreover, we delineate the interplay between the interfacial deformations of the impacting droplet and patterned growth of the solid-phase as disconnected patterns emerge at faster impacts

Topics: Physics - Fluid Dynamics, Condensed Matter - Materials Science
Publisher: 'American Physical Society (APS)'
Year: 2020
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.184501
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