26 OctMechanical Engineering Graduate SeminarBreakdown of universality: Power-Law Transition of Drop-impact Crater Collapse
Breakdown of universality: Power-Law Transition of Drop-impact Crater Collapse
  • Ziqiang Yang, Ph.D. Candidate Supervised by Prof. Sigurdur Thoroddsen
  • Monday, October 26, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
  • Webinar
2020-10-26T12:002020-10-26T12:30Asia/RiyadhBreakdown of universality: Power-Law Transition of Drop-impact Crater CollapseWebinarEmmanuelle Sougrat


We study singular jets from the collapse of drop-impact craters, when the drop and pool are of different immiscible liquids. The fastest jets emerge from a dimple at the bottom of the rebounding crater, when no bubble is pinched off. The parameter space is considerably more complex than for identical liquids, revealing intricate compound-dimple shapes. In contrast to the universal capillary–inertial drop pinch-off regime, where the neck radius scales as R∼t2/3 , for a purely inertial air dimple the collapse has R∼t1/2 . The bottom dimple dynamics is not self-similar but possesses memory effects, being sensitive to initial and boundary conditions. Sequence of capillary waves can therefore mould the air dimple into different collapse shapes, such as bamboo-like and telescopic forms. The finest jets are only 12 μm in diameter and the normalized jetting speeds are up to one order of magnitude larger than for jets from bursting bubbles. We study the cross-over between the two power laws approaching the singularity. The singular jets show the earliest cross-over into the inertial regime. The fastest jets can pinch off a toroidal micro-bubble from the cusp at the base of the jet.


Ziqiang Yang earned his Bachelor degree in Process Equipment & Control Engineering from China University of Petroleum (Beijing) in 2014. Then he obtained his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering (Thermofluids direction) in Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Sas Al Nakhl Campus in Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2016. Now Ziqiang Yang is a PhD candidate of High-Speed Fluids Imaging Laboratory at KAUST working under the supervision of Professor Sigurdur Thoroddsen. His research interests have been focusing on the use of ultra-high-speed video imaging to study the dynamics of free-surface flows and Tomo-PIV studies in turbulence. This includes the breakup of drops and bubbles, singularities in hydrodynamics and viscoelastic fluids.

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  • Emmanuelle Sougrat