The instability of monodisperse bubbles passing through a confined geometry Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC. The dispersed bubble experiences an impact of flow-focusing from the outer viscous liquid, and may break into satellite bubbles after flowing through the narrower section. We show that the number of satellite bubbles can be characterized by a phase diagram that depends on the capillary number and the Weber number. The number of satellite bubbles can be estimated through the Tgrow (the growth time of the daughter bubble), Tpinch (the pinch-off time of the daughter bubble), and Tpass (the time the initial microbubble need to pass the pore). We defined N = Tpass/(Tpinch + Tgrow) as the dimensionless time and the critical condition: N ∼ 1 to evaluate the bubble breakup. Our work shows that the breakup of the microbubble or droplet through a sudden narrowing joint is predictable and controllable.

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, Y., Wu, P., Zhang, H., Luo, Z., Wang, Y., Cheng, Z., & He, L.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • November 2014