This book presents a set of essays on interfacial instability, essays that are linked by a common question and a common focus: the question of the stability of a liquid jet and a focus on the surface tension acting at the interface between two phases. The discussion is analytic rather than numerical. The first two essays provide the necessary background; the remaining seven essays lead logically from these to the treatment of a series of applications, including inviscid and viscous fluids, the effects of rotation and the stability of freezing and melting fronts. The discussion is, for the most part, limited to problems that can be solved analytically, and thus to linear problems. The techniques used to analyze the problems can, however, be generalized to nonlinear problems and numerical methods. Intended for graduate students and researchers in fluid mechanics, the treatment assumes some knowledge of fluid mechanics. Students whose research problems involve multi-phase flows will find the concepts in this manuscript to be helpful in describing boundary conditions for their formulations.
Chapter 1: The Stability of Liquid Jets by Rayleighs Work Principle * Chapter 2: An Explanation of the Basic Formulas Required to Carry Out the Work of the Remaining essays * Chapter 3: The Stability of a Liquid Jet by a Perturbation Calculation * Chapter 4: The Stability of a Liquid Bridge Lying Between Two Plane Walls * Chapter 5: The Stability of a Spinning Jet in Rigid Rotation * Chapter 6: The Stability of a Heavy Fluid Lying over a Light Fluid: The Rayleigh-Taylor Instability * Chapter 7: Solidification * Chapter 8: Precipitation * Chapter 9: Electrodeposition * Chapter 10: The Last Word * Appendix A: The Application of the Expansion Formulas of the Second Essay to Some Physical Problems * Appendix B: The Curvature of Surfaces * Appendix C: The Normal Speed of a Surface.
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