Droplet migration on conical fibers
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The spontaneous migration of droplets on conical fibers is studied experimentally by depositing silicone oil droplets onto conical glass fibers. Their motion is recorded using optical microscopy and analyzed to extract the relevant geometrical parameters of the system. The speed of the droplet can be predicted as a function of geometry and the fluid properties using a simple theoretical model, which balances viscous dissipation against the surface tension driving force. The experimental data are found to be in good agreement with the model.
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