Phenomena

A Microfluidic Zoo

Immiscible fluids in a microfluidic channel display a variety of behaviors from dripping to jetting to wild instabilities.

Microfluidic channels are excellent at creating a steady supply of droplets. But depending on the characteristics of the two viscous fluids being used, as well as factors like flow rate and channel geometry, the results can be anything from well-defined and separated drops to steady jets to wild instabilities. The image above shows a series of different outcomes, including waves that break on the edges of drops and ligaments that stretch around the central fluid. (Image and research credit: X. Hu and T. Cubaud)

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