Abstract

Direct observation of the droplet breakup process in high-speed gas flows is a critical challenge that needs to be addressed to elucidate the physical mechanisms underlying the fragmentation phenomenon. Here, we present a high-magnification and high-speed shadowgraph technique that allows the visualization of this process over its whole evolution and resolves detailed features of the breakup zone. The developed experimental method uses a high-speed camera equipped with a long-distance microscope. The backlight illumination source is provided by the laser-induced fluorescence of a dye solution that delivers short pulses at a high-repetition rate. Artifacts resulting from the laser coherence are therefore reduced.

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