Discrete Self-Similarity in Interfacial Hydrodynamics and the Formation of Iterated Structures

Michael C. Dallaston, Marco A. Fontelos, Dmitri Tseluiko, Serafim Kalliadasis

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The formation of iterated structures, such as satellite and subsatellite drops, filaments, and bubbles, is a common feature in interfacial hydrodynamics. Here we undertake a computational and theoretical study of their origin in the case of thin films of viscous fluids that are destabilized by long-range molecular or other forces. We demonstrate that iterated structures appear as a consequence of discrete self-similarity, where certain patterns repeat themselves, subject to rescaling, periodically in a logarithmic time scale. The result is an infinite sequence of ridges and filaments with similarity properties. The character of these discretely self-similar solutions as the result of a Hopf bifurcation from ordinarily self-similar solutions is also described.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034505
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2018

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