425444 Electrohydrodynamic Deformation of a Particle-Coated Drop

Monday, November 9, 2015: 12:45 PM
150A/B (Salt Palace Convention Center)
Malika Ouriemi, IFPEN, Solaize BP 3 69360, France and Petia M. Vlahovska, School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI

A dielectric drop suspended in conducting liquid and subjected to an uniform electric field deforms into an ellipsoid whose major axis is either perpendicular or tilted (due to Quincke rotation effect) relative to the applied field. We experimentally study the effect of surface adsorbed colloidal particles on these classic electrohydrodynamic phenomena. We observe that at high surface coverage (> 90%), the electrohydrodynamic flow is suppressed, oblate drop deformation is enhanced, and the threshold for tilt is decreased compared to the particle– free drop. The deformation data are well explained by a capsule model, which assumes that the particle monolayer acts as an elastic interface. The reduction of the threshold field for rotation is related to drop asphericity.

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