We perform three-dimensional particle tracking measurements on droplets in a turbulent airflow. The droplets display the well-known preferential concentration of inertial particles, with an additional extreme clustering at the smallest scales. We explain this additional clustering phenomenon theoretically based on a Stokes-flow description of two spheres including their mutual hydrodynamic interaction and a perturbative small-inertia expansion.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Jun 2018|