Dense Suspension Splat: Monolayer Spreading and Hole Formation after Impact

Luuk A. Lubbers, Qin Xu, Sam Wilken, Wendy W. Zhang, Heinrich M. Jaeger

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We use experiments and minimal numerical models to investigate the rapidly expanding monolayer formed by the impact of a dense suspension drop against a smooth solid surface. The expansion creates a lacelike pattern of particle clusters separated by particle-free regions. Both the expansion and the development of the spatial inhomogeneity are dominated by particle inertia and, therefore, are robust and insensitive to details of the surface wetting, capillarity, and viscous drag.
Original languageEnglish
Article number044502
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number044502
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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