A model to predict the oscillation frequency for drops pinned on a vertical planar surface Academic Article uri icon


  • Accurate prediction of the natural frequency for the lateral oscillation of a liquid drop pinned on a vertical planar surface is important to many drop applications. The natural oscillation frequency, normalized by the capillary frequency, is mainly a function of the equilibrium contact angle and the Bond number ( $Bo$ ), when the contact lines remain pinned. Parametric numerical and experimental studies have been performed to establish a comprehensive understanding of the oscillation dynamics. An inviscid model has been developed to predict the oscillation frequency for wide ranges of $Bo$ and the contact angle. The model reveals the scaling relation between the normalized frequency and $Bo$ , which is validated by the numerical simulation results. For a given equilibrium contact angle, the lateral oscillation frequency decreases with $Bo$ , implying that resonance frequencies will be magnified if the drop oscillations occur in a reduced gravity environment.

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altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Sakakeeny, J., Deshpande, C., Deb, S., Alvarado, J. L., & Ling, Y.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Sakakeeny, J||Deshpande, C||Deb, S||Alvarado, JL||Ling, Y

publication date

  • January 2021