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A.J. Radcliffe Non-conforming finite elements for axisymmetric charged droplet deformation dynamics and Coulomb explosions International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 71

Version of Record online: 21 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/fld.3667

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A novel non-conforming axisymmetric finite element scheme is presented and used for the calculation of the deformations of electrically charged viscous micro-droplets over time. After an initial examination of the solution convergence with mesh refinement for the Stokes system, the full Navier–Stokes equations are then solved in a predictor–corrector iterative fashion with moving meshes for the prolate and oblate deformations of droplets charged to, and beyond, the critical Rayleigh limit.

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